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Friends - a common anme for camming units - have been around in one form or another since the early 70's.

Spring loaded cams can fit and hold in flared or parallel sided cracks, or in horizontal breaks where 'normal' passive protection would not work. When they first came on to the market it was nothing short of a revolution in how we climbed traditional routes.

Cams are designed on a logarithmic spiral, which has the unique property of maintaining a constant angle between the radius (axle) and the tangent to the curve (where the rock touches the cam). This has been determined as 13.75 degrees - an angle that works well on most types of rock and, importantly, on flared cracks.

Black Diamond Camalots and DMM Dragon Cams are a slightly different animal in that they have a double axle on which… 

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Friends - a common anme for camming units - have been around in one form or another since the early 70's.

Spring loaded cams can fit and hold in flared or parallel sided cracks, or in horizontal breaks where 'normal' passive protection would not work. When they first came on to the market it was nothing short of a revolution in how we climbed traditional routes.

Cams are designed on a logarithmic spiral, which has the unique property of maintaining a constant angle between the radius (axle) and the tangent to the curve (where the rock touches the cam). This has been determined as 13.75 degrees - an angle that works well on most types of rock and, importantly, on flared cracks.

Black Diamond Camalots and DMM Dragon Cams are a slightly different animal in that they have a double axle on which the cams hinge. This gives the camming unit a much greater range of expansion, so in theory a smaller number of double axled units could be used to cover a greater variety of situations.

Please remember that if you need 10 pieces of protection, 5 double axled units will not be sufficient!

At Kendal Wall we can meet every trad climber's cam needs. We have Friends and Dragons in various sizes and we are happy to advise you on the best ones to buy for their intended use.

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DMM Dragon Cam

£50.00

Dragon cams are based on the on the same double axle principle as the Camalot but come in at…

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Wild Country Helium Friends

£52.00

The evolution of the original Friend.

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