If you are a climber you know there are few feelings greater in the entire world than sinking a solid placement after a long runout on a route that is at or above your ability level. If you are not a climber that is a shame. Give it a try sometime and you will know more about yourself by the end of the day, I promise. The Black Diamond Camalot it the reigning top dog in my book as far as life saving climbing gear goes. The good folks at BD make quality products that they test the hell out of to keep you safe while you are out there trying to hurt yourself. You can take a tour of their facility on 3900 S and see for yourself how much of their own gear they break to assure quality.
There is a ton of engineering that goes into making a cam and I am not going to pretend I understand any of it. BD has a double axle design on the Camalots that gives them the smoothest action of any cam I have ever laid my greasy little fingers on. It allows for quicker and easier placements in my experience and that is important when you are about to fall 40+ feet and you need to get something into the rock immediately. Camalots are not cheap, but your life is worth it, isn’t it? They come in a range of sizes from the big ass #6 seen above (I would drop my truck on that placement..) to the not as big and bomber #.3. All can be seen in the top photo.
The only thing sexier than this #3 placement is the girl that is making it. Climbers girls are hot! I am guessing that girls that climb feel the same about climber guys too? Maybe it is time to change it up this summer and get out on the rock. You will be glad you did.
In BD’s own words:
The gold standard for camming units, Black Diamond Camalots’ double-axle design allows retraction of larger cam lobes, giving them a much larger expansion range than traditional single-axle units. They are lightweight, the cable loop and trigger are easy to grab, and our patented slings are large enough to manipulate with gloves. Accept no substitutes.