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  • Black Diamond Stopper Nuts

    Black Diamond Stopper Nuts

    Time-tested passive protection - a direct link to the original chocks that started the clean climbing revolution
  • DMM  Wallnuts

    DMM Wallnuts

    A great foundation for any leader placed protection climbing rack. Lightweight and feature packed for protection on all rock types through summer and winter
  • DMM HB Alloy Offset Set 7-11

    DMM HB Alloy Offset Set 7-11

    Throw away the all other nuts! Well maybe not but this is a brilliant addition to any rack. Great for flared cracks.
  • DMM Nutbuster

    DMM Nutbuster

    Simple, reliable and user friendly. The DMM Nutbuster for battering nuts out. Also a handy 17mm spanner for tightening bolt nuts...
  • DMM Peenut Set 1-5

    DMM Peenut Set 1-5

    Similar shaping to the HB alloy offsets, just smaller! Ideal for flared placements where standard nuts just don't quite fit
  • DMM Torque Nut

    DMM Torque Nut

    Nice and light but also strong, the DMM Torque nuts take over where the Wallnuts finish. Compliments your set of cams
  • DMM Torque Nut Set 1-4

    DMM Torque Nut Set 1-4

    Outrageously light and strong, the DMM Torque nuts take over where the Wallnuts finish. Get a couple together on your harness for the most musical 'ting ting ting' around
Trad Climbing Equipment Passive protectionNuts, chocks, stoppers, hexes and wires - the many named passive protection that makes up the core of your trad climbing rack.  Available in a great variety of sizes allowing you to place them in most breaks and cracks to protect your ascent.

Selecting the right bit of protection for the right situation is a skill in itself, a task that gets easier with experience but is also aided by manufacturers colour coding hardware by size.  There are subtle differences in the shape and design that each brand produces though all work the same way.  Low(er) cost, strong, easy to understand and use, passive protection is the best place to start a climbing kit obsession collection.  

Thin cracks and marginal fractures in rock can be protected using the smallest nuts called micronuts (DMM Microwallnuts or for tiny flared placements DMM Peenuts) A full set or size range of nuts is a good place to begin when building a rack.  Many climbers will eventually double up on sizes (maybe more depending on rock type), splitting the sets across a couple of carabiners for ease of selection and if you drop one your not suddenly out of nuts...  A worthy addition to consider is a set of offset nuts - a tapered design allows them to fit in unique rock features - I find them they place particularly well on the rock around Dunkeld.

Larger crack protection is facilitated with a mixture of cams and large nuts or hexes, while cams  are fast to place and excel in parallel cracks, a hex or hexcentric wont walk into a crack, they are lighter than cams as well as a good bit cheaper and also due to their shape can be placed at least 4 different ways.  Additionally they can be battered with an ice axe hammer into icy cracks while winter climbing withstanding abuse that cams could only ever dream of...

Organising your passive protection on your harness can be made easier with matching coloured carabiners.  Racking up hexes like the DMM Torque Nut with its own coloured carabiner allows quicker selection/placement and frees up a quickdraw for later.  Nuts rack (extra) well on oval carabiners as the large radius bottom stops wires from bunching up but a regular D-shaped wiregate carabiner will do nicely too.  Don't forget a nut tool for releasing stuck nuts, not just for the second climber!