why are people rhapsodic about the pink tri-cam?


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Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 2, 2007 - 07:13pm PT
also, is the only manufacturer of "the pink" these days CAMP?
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 2, 2007 - 07:23pm PT
Search me. I don't even own one. When Jeff (jello) first appeared on SuperTopo, we were teasing him about his family's many inventions, and eventually got on the subject. For some reason I googled "pink tri-cam", and found the website - and thought Jeff would be tickled to know of it.

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Jun 2, 2007 - 07:26pm PT
the pink tri-cam is very cute, guys.
Jude Bischoff

Ice climber
Palm Springs
Jun 2, 2007 - 08:43pm PT
It's manly to have one.
feelio Babar

Trad climber
Sneaking up behind you...
Jun 2, 2007 - 08:55pm PT
I never leave the ground without my little pink unit.
...that little pink thing has gotten me outta all sorts of trouble.

The Souf
Jun 2, 2007 - 09:04pm PT
Gots me doubles of Tri-Cams pink through brown (smallest three sizes) and a single blue for those odd jobs.

Maybe it depends on how the rock weathers where you are, but here in NC, you get some of the bomberestest placements ever with those things - many times in spots where nothing else is gonna get the job done

Bottom line: I like em.

Trad climber
Butte, America
Jun 2, 2007 - 09:15pm PT
JAK, you hit it on the mark. The first three sizes are light and indespensible, and have a wierd color connotation. Pink, Red and Brown (.5,1,1.5) are the only natural colors available on the female nipple aereolae(sp)--cool. Perhaps this is why people are so rhapsodic about them.

Trad climber
Durango, CO
Jun 2, 2007 - 09:23pm PT
There are so many places I can place a pink tricam, where nothing else, short of a pin, would fit. It's kind of fun to weasel in a wierd little placement instead of getting way runout. They come in handy all over the place, from all over the Pinnacles, to Power Dome at Courtright, to the crux of Illusion Dweller. (Yeah, I know. You can place a sweet little cam there. But the tricam is more fun.)

Pink tricams rule!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 2, 2007 - 09:53pm PT
Gotta love a piece of protection known for not coming out!

Social climber
No Ut
Jun 2, 2007 - 11:25pm PT
I love this thread!

Nate Ricklin

San Diego
Jun 2, 2007 - 11:29pm PT
Post some pictures of your funky pink tricam placements where nothing else will fit. I want to be educated.

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 2, 2007 - 11:48pm PT
why are people rhapsodic about the pink tri-cam?

Because it beats the hell out of brown stains in the pants!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 2, 2007 - 11:55pm PT
Perhaps there's some inner yearning for more poetry on SuperTopo?
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 3, 2007 - 12:12am PT
I have two... pink tricams...

there are places to use them in the Meadows where nothing else quite fits


Jun 3, 2007 - 12:31am PT
So I did not know what rhapsodic means.

I look up in internet dictionary.

The first line was a google ad that said "Are you stupid?"

Fitting .......
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 3, 2007 - 12:38am PT
Werner, it probably thought that you were asking about some sort of "rhap".
feelio Babar

Trad climber
Sneaking up behind you...
Jun 3, 2007 - 03:16am PT
the real question...is how many of us have a filed down .5.....the super ninja piece.

i do.

Trad climber
Jun 3, 2007 - 09:19am PT
Most stuck piece at the Gunks. Many of the slings are sun bleached to white.

Trad climber
New York, NY
Jun 3, 2007 - 09:33am PT
^That's because some people don't take the time to understand what it is, the tricam is.

I have followed people who I thought were competant leaders only to find they were tricam illiterate. So overcammed it's a miracle they can be undone, rattling around in a hole caught on strange contact points as you tug and falling back into the void if you release.... It's always a disappointment to come across these placements.

We adore the tricam because he is humble.

I love tricams, and have a set of the six, up to Navy. Red is my most placed, and though I don't place the 2 largest ones much - it just occurred to me that the reason may be because I often lead on my partner's rack, and so I simply don't have them.

I like to use tricams also because it feels very authentic to work with them. I am really analyzing my placement and making decsions of self-responsibility where with a cam, it's sometimes easy to avoid that and just slip it in without too much thought.

This is changing, though, as I become more adept at judging cam placements under duress. As I began leading, I trusted my nuts and tricams a LOT more than cam placements. But nowdays,...I will admit that if I am scared, I'll reach for the cam first if the placement is cam/tricam optional.

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Jun 3, 2007 - 09:44am PT
i placed two yesterday leading variety delight in lcc (rather interesting for 5.7 i thought...) - the book even states the pro is tricky, and i ended up placing every piece 2-4 times *every* time as i haven't lead anything in 9 months (kudos to the infinite patience of my belayer as i get the lead mellon back...)
every time i got really stuck, i stuffed a pink tricam in there and b00m - instant feel better...finger tip size, sits in flares, boldly goes where no other pro might go at all...
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