Totem Basic Cam

Totem Basic Cams are based on the famous Alien design by David Waggoner of Colorado Custom Hardware* with slight changes (new flexible trigger wire system and rounded lobe edges). SORRY - NO LONGER AVAILABLE.


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  • 0.50, Blue
  • £59.99
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  • 0.65, Green
  • £59.99
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  • 0.75, Yellow
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The dates we provide are based on indications given by our suppliers. Whenever we get updated information from our suppliers we will endeavour to update the Estimated Delivery Dates provided on product pages.

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Totem Basic Cam Description

  • Brand : Totem
  • Season : Not Applicable
  • Code : TOT BASIC
  • Packaged Weight : 0.1KG
  • NB Unfortunately, Totem Basic Cams are no longer in production. We have not had any since 2017 so it is very unlikely you will find new ones for sale in any sho

    Totem Basic Cams are based on the famous Alien design by David Waggoner of Colorado Custom Hardware* with slight changes (new flexible trigger wire system and rounded lobe edges).

    Internal cam springs for narrow head width. Sheath trigger for maximum flexibility. Stainless 5/32" 7 x 19 wire stem for all Basic Cam sizes. 16 degrees cam angle, soft lobes with teeth for well trusted holding power. Lobes are CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. Double sheath on trigger. New rounded lobe edges giving more consistent rock contact on non parallel cracks and less flash material on lobe edges. The outer sheath layer has free rotation motion for improved abrasion resistance. New trigger wires system. Flexible and strong while maintaining a correct independent lobe motion.

    CE certified and individually proof tested.

    Cam Repairs can be undertaken by Totem.

    "A climber from Durango, (Colorado), convinced that the safest protection required a minimum of four cams, began to think about it. In 1986, David Waggoner* started Colorado Custom Hardware with the production of the Trigger Cams. Small squat camming devices with a stainless steel rigid stem, they owed their narrowness to an astuteness foreseeing the future creations of their designer: the springs that loaded the cams had merged between the two sides of the rigid frame. Later, David Waggoner invented the Cable Pro and created what he was to call "The Stainless Steel Control Sheath" on which he took a patent on the 11th August 1987. A sheath of plated steel thread allowed the device to operate whatever the bending of the flexible stem and to place and to retrieve the Cable Pro in the most awkward slots. The sheath also protected the main cable from abrasion. Yet David Waggoner's true stroke of genius was completed by inserting the springs within each of the cams, finally realizing the narrowest four cam unit in the world! He took out a patent on his latest invention on the 2nd of December 1988. A combination of these two brilliant ideas would later create the Alien, a sophisticated device in which it is difficult to recognize the primitive Trigger Cam."* From Nuts' Story: Clockwork Friends by Stéphane Pennequin.

    *David Waggoner died in October 2009.

    We have very similar micro cams from Black Diamond, Alien (Fixe) and DMM.


    Buyers Guide

    Sizing Information

    Basic Cams Colour Equivalent Alien (approx) Range Head Width Strength Weight
    0.50 Blue 3/8 Blue 11.2mm - 17.4mm 33mm 5kN 56g
    0.65 Green 1/2 Green 13.6mm - 21.4mm 33mm 7kN 60g
    0.75 Yellow 3/4 Yellow 16.6mm - 26.1mm 33mm 9kN 68g
    0.95 Red 7/8 Grey - 1 Red 19.9mm - 31.6mm 33mm 11kN 72g


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