Editors' Choice Classic: CAMP Pink Tricam

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CAMP tricam rock climbing protection

The missing link that fits where nothing else will

Greg Lowe invented Tricams in 1973, and even 33 years after they finally hit the market in 1981, they are still one of a kind. Although Tricams are technically passive pro (no moving parts), their shape and design enable them to cam into a crack when downward force is applied. They have proven themselves invaluable in horizontal cracks, shallow pockets, and otherwise funky placements, and they quickly gained a following in places like the Shawangunks of New York and Looking Glass Rock in North Carolina. The most popular size is the 0.5 pink, but what is it about the pink that gets trad climbers so riled up? Maybe it’s the versatility: “Very few routes I climb don’t see the placement of this small dude.” Maybe it’s the price: “And it’s so cheap!” Or maybe it’s just intangible devotion: “I love that little guy.” Whatever it is, people love the pink Tricam, like love it. So much so that one devotee wrote an entire poem dedicated to the half-inch passive pro, including the line: “They sink where other gear won’t go. When all you’ve got is manky pro, this Tricam saves your butt from woe.” One committed user summed it up well, saying, “It just fits where nothing else will.” 

 $24; camp-usa.com

Further Reading:
Editors’ Choice Classic: The Climbing Gear Hall of Fame