CAMP Tri-Cam

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Look on the rack of most experienced trad climbers and you are almost certain to see an assortment of C.A.M.P. Nylon Tricams. Most climbers agree that visiting the Gunks without multiples of pink through purple is a serious mistake. These wondrous pieces of pro can be used either as cams or nuts and often work where nothing else fits. Tricams are ideal in horizontal cracks, pockets, and shallow vertical cracks. The larger sizes are an affordable way to augment a rack of cams and are ideal for belay anchors due to their high strength and light weight. Tricams can also be placed in icy cracks where regular cams do not work. The C.A.M.P. engineers recently spent some time working on one of the age-old questions with the Tricam ... how to stiffen the sling without impeding its ability to engage the camming action. After much experimenting, they rested on the simple solution of carrying the inner band of webbing further towards the head and using a new stitch pattern. The result is a naturally stiffer sling that makes one-handed placements easier, but still engages the cam in active mode and will even increase durability over sharp edges with the additional layer of material.


  • All sizes have nylon slings
  • Hardened aluminum heads with sewn nylon slings offer excellent durability and dependability


  • The simplicity of designing the head as, both, a cam and a chock gives the tricam the ability to rotate for the best fit
  • Works where nothing else can fit, such as solution pockets
  • 13 sizes fit cracks and pockets in a broad range.


  • Larger sizes are an affordable way to augment a rack of cams and are ideal for belay anchors due to their high strength and light weight
  • Stiffer sewing on the slings of sizes 0.125 - 2.0 for easier one-handed placement and extraction
  • Multiple sizes cover a wide range of crack widths, from less than 1 in. to over 5 in.
  • Now with two new micro sizes for those tiny cracks that are too small for the venerable pink Tri-Cam
  • Sizes 0.125 - 4 are forged while sizes 5 - 7 are formed from bent aluminum for reliable strength and durability
  • kN ratings range from 6 to 22 kN depending on size and position.


  • Great for pockets, horizontal cracks and other unconventional placements
  • Ideal in horizontal cracks, pockets, and shallow vertical cracks


  • 4.8oz / 138g
  • 29 - 41mm
  • 0.25 / 5 kN / 3 kN / 25mm x 13.5mm / 19g
  • 3.5 / 17 kN / 16 kN / 60mm x 41mm / 117g
  • 2.5 / 17 kN / 14 kN / 48mm x 32mm / 77g
  • Tricam 3.5
  • Color-coded for simple identification on your rack
  • 4.2oz / 120g
  • Patented camming unit.
  • Tricam 3
  • Tricam 6
  • Great for rock Climbing and alpinism
  • Tricams can also be placed in icy cracks where regular cams do not work
  • 1.7oz / 50g
  • 3.1oz / 90g
  • 4.1oz / 117g
  • Tricam 7
  • 7oz / 200g
  • 1.9oz / 55g
  • 1.2oz / 35g
  • 26 - 38mm
  • 4 / 17 kN / 16 kN / 64mm x 45mm / 138g
  • Tricam 2
  • 0.92oz / 26g
  • 38 - 54mm
  • 32 - 48mm
  • 73 - 105mm
  • 9.3oz / 264g
  • 16 - 28mm
  • Camming mode results in a tripod configuration that works well in parallel cracks, slight flares and horizontals
  • 92-140mm
  • 0.125 / 3 kN / 2 kN / 15mm x 10mm / 9g
  • Tricam 1
  • 1.5 / 14 kN / 12 kN / 38mm x 26mm / 50g
  • 6 / 18 kN / 18 kN / 105mm x 73mm / 200g
  • 2.7oz / 77g
  • 0.67oz / 19g
  • 2 / 14 kN / 12 kN / 41mm x 29mm / 55g
  • 41 - 60mm
  • 7 / 16 kN / 16 kN / 140mm x 92mm / 264g
  • 57 - 89mm
  • Updated for 2013
  • 1 / 9 kN / 8 kN / 30mm x 20mm / 35g
  • 5 / 22 kN / 22 kN / 89mm x 57mm / 120g
  • Can be used as an active cam or passive chock
  • 0.5 / 9 kN / 6 kN / 28mm x 16mm / 26g
  • 3 / 17 kN / 14 kN / 54mm x 38mm / 90g
  • Tricam 4
  • 13.5 - 25mm
  • Tricam 1.5
  • 45 - 64mm
  • Tricam .5
  • Tricam 2.5
  • 20 - 30mm

When you're trying to keep the weight of your rack down, the Camp USA Tricams offer the simplicity and range you need for Cochise Stronghold, the Gunks, and more. Naturally designed for use as either a passive chock or active cam, you get the benefit of range without worrying about springs. Great for shallow vertical or horizontal cracks, these tricams are also perfect for those sketchy pockets that might cause other gear to walk or rattle loose. On desert rock or in icy mixed conditions, the versatile Tricam will get you to your summit!

Oregon Mountain Community (2012)
CAMP Nylon Tricams are a patented camming unit that utilizes the superior strength and stability of the tripod. The innovative design allows for use in active and passive protection positions.

Oregon Mountain Community
The innovative CAMP Tricam returns for 2013 with fancy stitching which stiffens the sling without impeding its ability to engage the camming action. The result is easier cleaning! The Tricam is an ingeniously lightweight addition to your rack which can be placed in active and passive protection positions.

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Advanced concept chocks, with 3 points in contact with the rock. Lightweight aluminum alloy construction makes them lighter than comparatively-sized active devices. Unique design permits secure camming action from passive protection. Nylon sling permits placement in tricky horizontal cracks or pockets.


The ability to stick in multiple positions makes a Tri-Cam one of the most versatile pieces of passive pro on your rack.

Available in 13 sizes. See specifications below for use as a cam and chock: Size / Strength (cam) / Strength (chock) / Length x Width / Weight

Patented camming unit that utilizes the superior strength and stability of the tripod. The versatile design allows for use in cammed and chocked positions. Great for pockets, horizontal cracks and other unconventional placements. 11 sizes to fit cracks and pockets ranging from 16 to 92 mm. Color coded for easy identification. First four sizes (0.5 - 2.0) available pre-packed for a discount. First four sizes are now also available with anodized heads and colored Dyneema webbing to increase strength and durability (available pre-packed or sold individually). Since their introduction to the market over twenty years ago, tricams have been a standard on American trad racks. They really are the most versatile piece of rock pro on the planet.

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Stronger than any straight-laced design, the CAMP Tri Cam Set uses the strength and stability of the triangle to keep you safe on your climb. Top 25 Category Product
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Length:15 - 140 millimeters
Material:Nylon/ Aluminum
Range:Size 0.125 White: 10 - 15 mm
Strength:Size 0.125 White: 3 kN (cam) / 2 kN (chock)
Two placement modes:active cam and passive chock
Weight:Size 0.125 White: 0.32 oz / 9.07 g
Width:10 - 92 millimeters
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CAMP Tri-Cam Reviews:


Great Product

I've seen many reviews describing the big tricams as boat anchors, something heavy and bulky. Nothing could be further from the truth. These are lighter than cams, and the three largest sizes nest together into a compact package. I take a loop of bungee cord and slide it through the holes in the 5,6, and 7 tricams to make one compact set of gear. The bungee cord gets used as a constant tension loop so using 2 large tricams in opposition works as active protection as strong or stronger than 2 cams. It is way more compact than carrying a set of 3,4, and 5 inch Black Diamond C4 cams (which won't even fit in my pack alone). As for the rest of the cams, I like the 3 and 3.5 for midrange. 4 is heavy. Anything under a 3, cams and nuts work fine for and work better for teethy cracks. The red #1 holds the best and is easy to clean. The pink is a pain to extract.
blackbelt backpacker at REI on 03/03/2012

Single best piece of trad pro there is

Got my first set of these ~15 years ago. It didn't take me long to figure out the largest ones are boat anchors, but it also didn't take me long to fall in love w/the smaller ones. I now have about 6 or 8 each of my favorites (reds and pinks).

These things are so versatile! Yes there are places they don't work, but often they are the only thing that WILL work, but they aren't one of those pieces (like a big bro or a micro that only work in a certain place. basically if you have a finger/hand crack, pocket, etc you can get one of these to work.

Often they can be placed for pulls in any direction, and can hang a car off of them (although they can be a bear to pop loose when heavily weighted).

For the life of me I don't know how any trad climber could not like these if they have tried them.
Ropegunz at REI on 08/08/2009

Great Gear

More than once I have sighed a deep breath of relief when I needed pro, looked down, and saw the tri-cams there.

Hands down these are the best way to save weight if you want to slim down your rack. They can be placed in vertical (watch out for outward pull though) or horizontal placements without any damage to the piece.

Take the time to learn how to place them and place them well. You might find youself looking at your SLCD's of the same sizes and saying "do I really need those on this pitch?"

And... they are cheap!
ACJ at REI on 09/09/2009

Very versatile piece of pro

The most versatile passive pro that I own; I would trust it as my only anchor on a climb. Best when used by placing the webbing over the cam and placing it into the crack and weighting it in the direction of pull. It then pivots on its axis and only gets stronger when weighted. The only downside is that once weighted or after a fall, its difficult to remove (mainly only a problem with the smaller sizes) Definitely worth the price and a great addition to your trad gear rack!
nickrice at REI on 02/02/2008

Works well

Tri-cams are useful in placements where cams might be a little wierd. They are awesome in horizontal cracks. They can be tricky to place, but once set, they are bomber. I have found that the smallest three sizes (pink, red, brown) are the most useful. The only reason I only give four stars is that I don't use them as frequently as cams and nuts. They occupy a small niche of climbing protection, and they are very good at what they do.
burnhro at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2009

I don't go climbing without them

It's an excellent piece of pro. I would probably stay away from big sizes, but I simply won't go trad climbing unless I carry #0.5, #1 and #1.5 of these. Work great in pockets (often when nothing else fits), horizontal cracks or simply like a regular nut. The only downside is they can be sometimes hard to remove, but hey - that's my second's problem ;)
Bartek at REI on 09/09/2007

Second may not like them but you will

Use practically anywhere you'd use a similar sized nut or hex and the placements will be as or more secure. The camming mode in a parallel crack with irregular features inside is an example of its versatility. These are best when set securely with a sharp tug. They take a little practice for seconds to remove.
Old as rocks he climbs on at REI on 09/09/2007


For Horizontal cracks and pockets these are awesome and they can make a great passive peice. I have used tri cams on almost every trad route I have ever done and they make great anchor pro as well. Since they are light and relatively inexpensive they make great back-up pieces.
Logan at on 08/08/2009

Sometimes the Only Pro that Works

Tri-Cams are like a religion: some believe; some do not. Some placements, like 'Gunks horizontal cracks and solution pockets, accept no other protection. Unfortunately, in camming mode, Tri-Cams can be a bit rattly; and the smallest (pink) can be impossible to clean after it has been weighted.
Deimos at REI on 10/10/2007


Bomber placements anywhere. Versatile and easy to use one-handed with a little practice.
andrew powell at REI on 05/05/2012