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bigmatt


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In many guidebooks and online databases, when referring to trad climbs, it will say, for example, 'Pro to 2"'. I know they're talking about protection up to two inches, but what exactly does that mean? If we're talking about a cam, is that when it's fully extended or when it's partially extended in wherever it happens to be? What about stoppers?

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i'm not trad yet (not enough $), but i'm guessing protection to size 2 cams/hexes...
~eric


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It means carry AN ASSORTMENT OF PROTECTION in SMALL SIZES ALL THE WAY UP TO 2 INCHES!!!
mf

PS I hope that helped...if your not sure what "pro" means then it really doesn't matter what size they suggest...But I think your question was about the " Pro to ???"

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well there ya go...
~eric


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CONTD...
WITH REGARD TO cams OR ANY active gear they are referring to the WORKING RANGE or OPERATIONAL RANGE of the piece!!!
mf


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it can depend. more often that "Pro to 2" " i see stuff like: Gear to #3 camalot, or Pro to #4 friend...so, you sort of translate that to your own gear and gear up accordingly.

If it says gear to 2", then bring whatever you have up to that size, plus maybe something a little bigger, just in case.


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They are saying that the crack will be up to 2 inches. You pick what you want to put in it.


texplorer


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I agree with calpoly. I usually even take one piece larger than what they recommend to because inevitably you'll need it.


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it means you can only get pro for the first 2 inches of the climb


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Always take pro recommendations with a grain of salt. A lot depends on the protection style of the person making the recommendation.

FWIW, the www.supertopo.com guides all contain pretty specific gear recommendations for routes, along with a pretty good gear/sizing chart.

But again, when in doubt, bring more than you need - particularly when you are learning. You can always have your second carry gear you know you don't need for a given pitch.

-jjf


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In the Reid Yosemite book, "pro to 3 inches" is often a generic default when there isn't more detailed advice.

And "pro to 3 1/2 inches" is often a code word meaning that there is an offwidth or squeeze chimney. Funny how much bigger a half inch can get!


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