the Valley Giant Cams
and mountaineering have many inherent risks and dangers.
Never rely solely on equipment to ensure your safety. Training,
experience, good partners and common sense are also required. Before
you use a Valley Giant cam, you must first obtain proper climber
safety training, and already have considerable experience properly
using other climbing gear, including (but
not limited to) placing and using smaller camming devices. The Valley
Giant cams are for experienced and advanced climbers only. They are not
for beginners or novices.
may be used in a manner similar to other climbing cams
- Place the Valley Giant so
that the clip-in loop is pointing
in the direction of the expected load (e.g., down)
- Use the Valley Giant only
in cracks that are within its
usable range. Forcing a Valley Giant into a crack that is too small can
result in its becoming permanently fixed. Attempting to place a Valley
Giant in a crack that's too large may result in its pulling out under
load. If possible, look for a locally wide or narrow spot in the crack
that provides a better fit for your Valley Giant.
- Make sure that the rock
itself is strong and secure. Never
use a Valley Giant in crumbly, rotten, or otherwise unsound rock.
Beware of cracks behind thin flakes that can break off, and expanding
cracks that can open up. Sometimes, even big blocks can be moved by the
leverage of a climbing cam under load.
- Never trust your life to
just one piece of climbing gear.
Alway use redundancy in all belay and anchoring systems, so that if any
one or several pieces fail, the others are there as a backup.
TRIGGER LOCK - When carrying the Valley
Giant on the gear rack, a simple and effective trigger lock can be
employed to reduce the bulk of the cam. To deploy the Valley Giant,
simply insert it into a crack, and then slide the perlon loop off
the cable spacer bar, allowing the lobes to expand
outward. When storing your Valley Giant cam for long periods of time,
leave the trigger lock disengaged. NOTE: the trigger lock cord is not a
FLARED CRACKS - For flared crack
placements, it is sometimes advantageous to allow the trigger wire to
slide through the trigger bar, so that the two sets of lobes can act
independently of each other.After placing the Valley Giant in a flared
crack, you can slide the trigger bar up a bit on the wires,
and completely disengage the two sets of lobes from each other. This is
usually only necessary in severely flaring, or stepped cracks.