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Terry2124


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Do you have a set of Hex's on your rack?
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Just curious as to how many people use Hex's.


kylekienitz


Apr 15, 2009, 8:25 PM
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Yeah I have a set.

I can't say I use them that much.


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boymeetsrock


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I climb with the smallest three hexes. Its overkill when you consider the double set of nuts, but it stems from when I did not have small cams.

Only carried the cow bells for a short while, or specific climb.


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Nope, I haven't used them in close to 15 years now. Once I got a decent set of cams they became superfluous.


Alpine07


Apr 15, 2009, 8:45 PM
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Definitely. I skip the smaller ones that are in the stopper range, but all the big ones go. I think that I have metolius 6-10 on my rack. They are the most useful sizes in my opinion.


uni_jim


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yes, and place them on nearly every route.


edited to add that they are the wild country rockcentrics, sizes 3-9.


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krosbakken


Apr 15, 2009, 8:50 PM
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I used to, and I placed them every once in a while but... I just sold them. So no more hexes for me. Unless I use my partners.


mtnkid85


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Negative ghostrider.

Ive got a few, and may pull um out for the light alpine rack but other that they never get used.


jmeizis


Apr 15, 2009, 11:15 PM
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I have them but haven't placed them since I moved to Colorado.


king_rat


Apr 16, 2009, 3:23 AM
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Your survey needs a few more answers,

I do not carry a full set of hex's, but a I do own a full set.

I sometimes carry one or two small hex’s on trad routes.

I often use hex’s to set up top ropes, or fixed abseil lines

I use hex’s on long alpine routes, where weight is an issue and cams want work in icy cracks.


joeforte


Apr 16, 2009, 3:35 AM
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I carry the 5 med-large size WC rockcentrics. Green through Purple, which match up perfectly in color and size to BD Camalots .75-4. I use them as the doubles of my med-large cams, and I don't carry a #3 or 4 cam (too big and heavy) unless I'm planning on climbing an OW, so they cover my big stuff if I really need it. I like the fact that they are lighter, cheaper and more versitile than a second set of cams.

I recently climbed at an area nearby called Boxcar Rocks (you can find it in the routes DB). It is large pebble conglomerate, and cams are just ugly in the stuff! They tend to umbrella and twist into ugly positions between the big pebbles. They only pieces that worked were large nuts and hexes.


johnwesely


Apr 16, 2009, 4:38 AM
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I take the biggest hex with me on every climb just to see if I can find somewhere to place it. The funny thing is, if I were to bring the next size down I could place it on almost every climb I have ever done.


patto


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I carry my faders #9 on my rack on most climbs. If I am seconding (which is rarely) I use it as a hammer for removing stuck nuts.

A friend led a 5.3 the other day and used both my #9 and the #10 I dug out of my pack!


bill413


Apr 16, 2009, 6:12 AM
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king_rat wrote:
Your survey needs a few more answers,

I do not carry a full set of hex's, but a I do own a full set.

I sometimes carry one or two small hex’s on trad routes.

I often use hex’s to set up top ropes, or fixed abseil lines

I use hex’s on long alpine routes, where weight is an issue and cams want work in icy cracks.

I agree with this - I carry a few small hexes on my rack, and I own most of a full set.


chadnsc


Apr 16, 2009, 6:35 AM
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Yup, I carry the Wild Country sizes 5-9 on longer climbs. For my area the hex's just seem to work rather well, especially for setting up anchors.


granite_grrl


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I'll carry a set of hexes, but only for certain areas. For these areas I don't like to run up a climb without them.


a-e-jones


Apr 16, 2009, 7:13 AM
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and i own the largest hex to beat up sport climbers/hunt deer


billcoe_


Apr 16, 2009, 7:43 AM
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king_rat wrote:
Your survey needs a few more answers,

I do not carry a full set of hex's, but a I do own a full set.

I sometimes carry one or two small hex’s on trad routes.

I often use hex’s to set up top ropes, or fixed abseil lines

I use hex’s on long alpine routes, where weight is an issue and cams want work in icy cracks.

Same same here


kennoyce


Apr 16, 2009, 7:54 AM
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I own 4 hexes. Metolius 7,8,9 and BD 10. I do use them when I am alpine climbing just to save weight on easy routes, but that is about the only time that they come out to play.


acorneau


Apr 16, 2009, 8:00 AM
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I own a full set of BD's but I lost the wired #1 and #2 last year.

The wired #1-3 stay on the biner with the nuts, the rest are used for teaching/setting top-rope anchors. I don't carry them when leading and I don't do any alpine stuff.


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so, almost all of the big hex proponents in this thread climb 5.9 trad or below, according to their profiles.

This is with the exception of Kennoyce, who admitted to only using them on alpine terrain, and Joeforte, who apparently just climbs pretty well. heh.

But beyond that, most trad climbers stop using their hexes when they start pushing the limits a bit.


kachoong


Apr 16, 2009, 8:31 AM
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acorneau wrote:
I own a full set of BD's but I lost the wired #1 and #2 last year.

The wired #1-3 stay on the biner with the nuts, the rest are used for teaching/setting top-rope anchors. I don't carry them when leading and I don't do any alpine stuff.

I also use some of the smaller wired BD hexes, racked with my nuts. I haven't used large hexes for about 10 years where I sold mine to a friend.


krusher4


Apr 16, 2009, 8:48 AM
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Just like eveyrone else I have an set...but they haven't made it onto my rack in at least 7 years.


shimanilami


Apr 16, 2009, 8:55 AM
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On alpine routes only, I carry 2 or 3, starting with the one that is just bigger than my biggest nut.


midwestpaul


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BD Hexentrics 1-6.

I like them for horizontal seams, and sometimes I find little holes that they slip into perfectly. I don't carry many cams because they make you weak (sarcasm, in a way), and I mostly climb alpine.

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