NUTS, HEXES & KEYS
Nuts and hexes are key items on any trad climber's rack and it’s easy to see why. Both are available in a wide range of sizes and usually feature a tapered wedge shape – the larger sizes are often hollowed out to help keep weight down. Nuts are usually threaded on to wires; they are light, strong and thanks to the different shapes and materials available make great protection. Hexes are larger, threaded on to slings and offer all-season versatility – together they make a formidable collection of climbing protection.
For every nut placed in the rock someone will need to retrieve it and that’s where nut keys come in. They make removing gear easier and can be used to push, pull, lever and hook to help loosen any tightly placed pieces of protection.