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sonoran climbing gear

Trad climber
AZ
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 16, 2012 - 12:41pm PT
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New product from Sonoran Climbing Gear... Stop losing cams, retrieve lost cams and extend your reach! The Cam-Extractor is made out of aircraft grade aluminum, stainless steel tubing and high carbon piano wire. It comes in two different lengths, 30" and 18" and is proudly made in the USA. Check out our website sonoranclimbinggear.com or find us on Facebook. [photo[photo
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locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 16, 2012 - 12:42pm PT


I need one of those hanging off my harness...

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Oct 16, 2012 - 12:43pm PT
hmmm beat me to that thought..
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 16, 2012 - 12:48pm PT

One advantage the longer one has...

If you carry it on your gear sling...

it's long enough to scratch your NUTS without removing it...

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 16, 2012 - 12:50pm PT
Looks like a good back scratcher, too.
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 16, 2012 - 12:52pm PT

^^^

and there IS, that!!!...

;-)

donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 16, 2012 - 12:56pm PT
Yep...two of those on my harness along with my two belay devices, belay gloves, utility knife, two daisy chains and six cordelletes....good to go! Ooops, can't forget to jump off and test the belay. Now where is that walki talki? Must be next to my GPS.

Does look like a handy tool to have on standby.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:03pm PT
It does look nicely made.
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:06pm PT


BIG PLUS FOR THIS PRODUCT:


"and is proudly made in the USA."...


apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:09pm PT
Modularize it with this, and you'll be on to something...

Credit: apogee
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Classroom to crag to summer camp
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:17pm PT
$110? seems a bit pricey.
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:19pm PT


When I asked if you could lend me a hand...

I never expected you to take me seriously...

...

bigwall shitter

Social climber
the wild west
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:37pm PT
at the low price of $117 per unit I'm sure they're selling like hotcakes!
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:37pm PT
For those who climb at Lovers Leap, this could be like a modern-day gold rush!
michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
Butt Scratcher!

brotherbbock

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:46pm PT
Wait for the "I was impaled by my Cam Extractor" threads to start.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
Looks like something invented by the military for use at Guantanamo Bay Cuba
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
You sure that's not just one of them gigs for getting olives out the jar?

Looks like an impalement waiting to happen. The upside is, when that 30" job hooks your hamstring tendon, it will just rip it right out...wait, is that an upside?

In 20 years, I've lost one cam and needed more than a single nut tool to clean maybe five. Sounds like a solution looking for a problem to me.
Texplorer

Trad climber
Sacramento
Oct 16, 2012 - 02:35pm PT
I still like the original cam extractor.

A5 Hammer
A5 Hammer
Credit: Texplorer
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Oct 16, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
$110? seems a bit pricey.

Could buy a few used cams for that price.
OR

Trad climber
Oct 16, 2012 - 03:07pm PT
It looks beautifully made. Apply you skills to something that people actually need and you will be wealthy.....or you are already wealthy and this is a labor of love. That makes a bit more sense.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Oct 16, 2012 - 03:26pm PT
LIKE! Sonoran climber, what is the smallerst crack that your device will fit?


2 Leeper Friend of a Friend.


Thanks for sharing that.
sonoran climbing gear

Trad climber
AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2012 - 04:10pm PT
1/2 inch. Here is a photo of a cam from the mid 70's we took out using the cam-extractor. The thing had been deep into a crack for years and nobody could get it out. I obviously don't think we'll be re-using this "artifact" but it gives you an idea of the possibilities. Take a cam-extractor to Indian Creek, Utah and you'll have your entire trip paid for in used cams in half a day. We'd love to get the price lowered but if you want the highest quality parts machined in the United States, it isn't cheap. Hope you like it.
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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 04:12pm PT
I obviously don't think we'll be re-using this "artifact"

I guess you haven't seen my rack.
crasic

climber
Oct 16, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
40 years? I highly doubt that forged friend has been in that crack since before the mid 80's

Hell, I'm only 22 and I have a few forged friends on my rack :\
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 16, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
Here is a photo of a cam from the mid 70's we took out using the cam-extractor. The thing had been deep into a crack for 40 years and nobody could get it out.

Not likely. Late 80's or so.

Wild Country cams weren't available in the mid 70's, FWIW.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 05:35pm PT
That is an early model #2 Friend (judging from axle nut size), but as others have noted, they were first sold in the early 80s, so the unit is at most 30 years old. And if it was in a crack outside, the axle will rust after awhile, so I am thinking 10 years max it has been there. Still cool to get it out, though.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Oct 16, 2012 - 05:37pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

got my freinds in the late 70s..
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 16, 2012 - 05:42pm PT
That is an early model #2 Friend (judging from axle nut size), but as others have noted, they were first sold in the early 80s, so the unit is at most 30 years old.

Looks like a factory sewn sling on it...but...the nut size is throwing me off too. I'll have to check the inventory...ha ha.

Pre-sewn slings around late 80's or so?

I bought my first ones in the early 80s' too and I don't recall seeing sewn slings on them for a few years.

Looks like a patent number on the stem. That would date it as well. Earlier ones say "patent pending". Also, that someone used a sewn sling on it would mean that it was probably in use for a number of years prior to being stuck, if the sewn sling wasn't factory.

Who knows, but, it ain't mid 70's.
sonoran climbing gear

Trad climber
AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
It's a first addition Friend with "patent pending" inscription on it. It's also been thoroughly cleaned after recovery. It's old. Here is a .5 camalot recovered with the cam-extractor last weekend. What year do you think this was made? More importantly, how much does it cost?
Credit: sonoran climbing gear
rick d

climber
ol pueblo, az
Oct 16, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
that is a #2 circa 1980-1984 without holes in the cams and WITH the little nubs on the cam radius (at compressed-small end) which notoriously get stuck.

nice product, but needs to come in at $35 for people to buy it. I knew only one person who owned and carried a leeper friend o friend although new ones sat on the shelf at Desert Mountain Sports for a decade.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 16, 2012 - 08:56pm PT
This works real well!

Credit: Ihateplastic
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
Haha I like that he's giving it back to y'all haterzzzzzz.



More shots of your booty, please!


(locker... this is your cue)
big ears

Trad climber
?
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:07pm PT
You didnt pull that .5 off the bastille by any chance? My partner buried one at the top of blind faith a month ago, and its marked w the same color tape. Not trying to get it back, just curious
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Oct 17, 2012 - 02:52am PT
Bonjour Sonoran climber,
I would be delighted to add a sample of your most carefully made Cam-Extractor to the Nuts Museum. An 18 inch would make my day. Please, have a look at the collection…
Stephane

"Nut Tools Museum"
"Nut Tools Museum"
Credit: nutstory
Prod

Trad climber
Oct 17, 2012 - 10:39am PT
Wow, what a bunch of dicks. Funny dicks but dicks nontheless.

I have only lost 1 cam, got keyholed on something on shirttail peak with tarbuster in 1991. My wife has dropped 2 since we have been climbing together. Got a tool to fix that?

Prod.
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 17, 2012 - 10:51am PT


"My wife has dropped 2 since we have been climbing together. Got a tool to fix that?"...

I'd better leave that one alone...

LOL!!!...

mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Oct 17, 2012 - 10:54am PT
Sonoran climbing gear's smart and upbeat responses make me like them and their product.

So does "made in the U.S.A."
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Oct 17, 2012 - 11:21am PT
^^^^^^

If you like the product, support a fellow climber ;D
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Oct 17, 2012 - 11:54am PT
Stephane, what's that robot looking thing to the right of the blue handled nut tool? And that black hammer tool in the center is pretty cool, especially if you have to kill an alien or something while cleaning a nut!
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Oct 17, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
The “robot looking” nut tool is a Climber Pal Extractor made by Joseph Murray (Sunshine Climbing Equipment) in the mid eighties (Patent US 4,513,641).
The black hammer is a Martial hammer made by Grivel circa 1986. Martial Moioli was a famous French climber who designed climbing equipment, as the Résine Rose rock shoes.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Oct 17, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
Prospecting for booty and reselling - is probably not too shabby a business plan.
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Oct 17, 2012 - 02:10pm PT
Cool thanks Stephane! There are almost enough of these through the years for an "evolution of the cam extractor" thread.
wbw

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
Oct 17, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
Yo Donini,

In addition to all of those doo-dads, you're forgetting the special glasses I've seen at a couple of sport crags near Boulder. You know, the reflecting glasses that allow you to see your lead partner climbing, without looking up.

You wouldn't want to have to look up while climbing, would ya??
Prod

Trad climber
Oct 17, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
In addition to all of those doo-dads, you're forgetting the special glasses I've seen at a couple of sport crags near Boulder. You know, the reflecting glasses that allow you to see your lead partner climbing, without looking up.

You mean the ones that John Bachar used and recommended, without sponsorship. Yeah only noobs would use those...

Prod.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Oct 17, 2012 - 03:01pm PT
As a Booty Business - no doubt. A person could be *on call* weekends in season at the Gunks. We all know people at glued at the hip to their smart phones nowadays, and probably climb with them too.



"Second fix your cam?"(because it's never your own damned fault)? Call One Eight Hundred Booty Call, and we'll be there with out Cam Extractor before you can drop a rope!" That 1-800 - BOO - TY - CALL"

Charge $25 a ...pop... plus tips, of course.
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 17, 2012 - 03:17pm PT


"You know, the reflecting glasses that allow you to see your lead partner climbing, without looking up."...

I remember those things...

Personally thought they were pretty fuking STUPID...



Anyone here WILLING to admit to buying and using them???...

LOL!!!...









EDITED:


"You mean the ones that John Bachar used and recommended, without sponsorship. Yeah only noobs would use those..."...


So that makes YOU, a believer???...

LOL!!!...

"a sucker born every minute!!!"...

Or however it goes...

;-)








PS...

Pretty SURE I saw some dude climbing in your shoes the other day...

If I see him again I'll ask...

donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 17, 2012 - 03:58pm PT
I have a pair, only use them on one pitch sport climbs, anything to get a few more years out of a 69 year old neck.
sonoran climbing gear

Trad climber
AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 17, 2012 - 05:54pm PT
Let me address a couple comments here... We certainly aren't under the assumption that everyone is losing cams all the time. Getting similar comments about only losing "one" cam. The idea for the device is based on the fact that we all lose A cam at some point. Now, multiply that times thousands and thousands of climbers and you end up with A LOT of lost cams out there!
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Oct 17, 2012 - 09:50pm PT
It's a niche peice of gear - guaruntee you 'most' trad climbers could use it situationally.


Some people have lost a dozen cams, you know who you are ;D Might be a good thing to take out to Tahquitz after a rainy day if you naw'mean...
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Classroom to crag to summer camp
Oct 17, 2012 - 11:52pm PT
If you bring it up on ElCap, does it count as part of the bag of tricks or will you get a "stick of the day" for using it.
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 17, 2012 - 11:58pm PT


"I have a pair, only use them on one pitch sport climbs, anything to get a few more years out of a 69 year old neck."...

There's just no fuking hope...

Another minute passed and another one was born!!!...

LOL!!!...
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Sep 19, 2013 - 11:14am PT
I received a Cam Extractor from Sonoran Climbing Gear a couple of days ago. This Cam Extractor is splendidly and carefully made.
Here is the smallest of the two Cam Extractors produced by Sonoran among other camming device removers.

• Ed Leeper: Friend of Friend (USA)
Miyazaki 1985 (Japan)
• Sunshine Climbing Equipment: Climber Pal Extractor 1983 (USA)
• vauDe: Friend-Remover 1989 (Germany)
• Sonoran Climbing Gear Cam Extractor 2012 (USA)

Credit: nutstory
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 19, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
How much does it weigh compared to a coat hanger? Is the metal stiffer? Can you roast marshmallows with it?
deschamps

Trad climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 19, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Here is a .5 camalot recovered with the cam-extractor last weekend. What year do you think this was made? More importantly, how much does it cost?

Less than $110.
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