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thegreatms

Sport climber
Cambridge, MA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 2, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
Can someone help me identify a cam? This was booty found a few years ago by a friend and he gave it to me to help fill out my beginners rack.

Credit: thegreatms
Credit: thegreatms
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the only marking is the "DW" in pic #3.

They look kinda like wild country tech friends, without the extra plastic sheath. Maybe it's an old version or has been modified...?

Thanks for any help!
Mike
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:41pm PT
Yup looks like an older "FRiend"
DesertRatExpeditions

Trad climber
Flagstaff, Arizona
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:42pm PT
Looks like a WC flex friend to me.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Name that cam? How does Barney sound?
thegreatms

Sport climber
Cambridge, MA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 2, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
Name that cam? How does Barney sound?

Purple is not really my thing...
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 02:01pm PT
#.5 Wild Country Technical Friend.
You are correct - the original versions did not have the black plastic sheath over the cable which stiffened it.
bajaandy

climber
Escondido, CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
+1 to what Clint said. Technical Friend for sure.
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Nov 2, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
Yeah, I always thought those stiffeners were stupid. I stopped using WC when they did that. I still have a couple like the one above. Simple and functional design.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 2, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
Love the ole Tech Friends .. I'd say .5

Gotta say I'm loving the new Heliums now too. Like em better than the BDs .
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
Heliums better than BD's? Why do you believe that?
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Nov 2, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
I found the Helium's to be really light weight which is a plus, but they seemed to always be sticking and hard to remove.
I've found that the Totem cams are the superior gear of any of the cams out there. If you are a hardcore trad climber, you HAVE to try the Totems. They make you a believer once you use them. They lock off solid in places the other cams flop around and walk in. To me the Totems are a automatic upgrade, because its your life that's on the line, and once you try them out climbing, the money doesn't seem such a issue.
Didn't mean to highjack the thread. Bring on the weird and rare cams!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 2, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
Love the Totems, just wish they were available more places.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 2, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
I found the Helium's to be really light weight which is a plus, but they seemed to always be sticking

Nuff said :)

Yep the totems will be my other set in that size range.
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
I have several of those style cam, in different sizes. Seem to work just fine.

What's the lower one?
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on the left?
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ruppell

climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
Wired Bliss?
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Looks like one of the original Metolius TCUs.

Curt
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Nov 2, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
The last photos look like Metolius TCU's
Just sent some of them to Metolius for reslinging, they did a great job.
Rewired some too. Just like new

I thought "older" Friends had rigid stems !!
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:13am PT
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You mean like that? Yep. But I've managed to pick up a few of those flex friends which look just like the OP. Some were a little sticky, but they cleaned right up. I also like them better than the ones with the plastic. Noticed sometimes the stem likes to bend a little without the plastic, but not enough to bother me.
Thought maybe that one with the pink sling might be an older TCU, but didn't find any marks on it. Didn't know if someone else made those, like ABC etc. Came in a lot with other cams, tried to sell those two off on ebay, but didn't even get a bid. Now they just live on the rack.
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TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Nov 3, 2013 - 08:43pm PT

'D W'

Dwain Warren ?
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 3, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
I have several of those style cam
Longtime cam users would be shocked at lumping these different cams into the same "type".
Unless you think there are 2 types:
1. Camalots
2. non-Camalots
I suppose that is legit, but most folks consider the way the stem connects to the axle to be an important part of the type. And the number of cams on the axle is part of the type also.

I thought "older" Friends had rigid stems.
There are several generations of Friends (and Camalots, too).
The oldest generations of Friends have rigid stems, but the cable stems got mixed in at some point.

Some folks like myself prefer the rigid stems, because they are (suprisingly) lighter than the cable stems, and also give you more control in placement and removal.
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