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                                                                                                                                                                 Lube your sticky cams
We typically think of sticky cams as annoying rather than as a safety issue, but last year a serious incident happened as a result. I also have my suspicions that this contributed to some local
incidents in recent years. A cam’s springs are partly responsible for maintaining a cam’s seating under normal circumstances, and in the event of a fall, it is friction and the incremental camming action that keep the cam in place. Poor spring action or sticky camming lobes can result in the unit simply being whipped out before the camming action can be initiated! I recently re-lubed my cams over New Year and was astonished at the result.
How to do this? Opinion varies, but consensus is to thoroughly rinse cams off in hot water, dry, and then apply a wax-based lubricant similar to bike-chain lube (or good old Q20), and carefully remove excess as this can attract additional dirt.
What I like about Dougal’s summary is that it highlights a wide range of the more subtle hazards that don’t always get adequate attention.
Beware of those icy slopes and unplanned adventures that slowly escalate out of our control, follow the safety drills, double-check your systems, and lube those cams!
Wishing you all many happy, safe and ful lling days in the hills.
The full report can be read on the REI website: https://www.rei.com/blog/climb/top-5-takeaways-from- accidents-in-north-american-climbing-2017
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