Nuts & Wires

Narrow cracks are best protect by nuts on wire (commonly known as wires). A minimum for beginners would be a full set from 1 - 10. On short gritstone and granite outcrops this may be enough when combined with wide crack protection. Elsewhere, most leaders would double up on wires or at least on the smaller sizes. Most climbers carry wires of a similar size on Karabiners in lots of 5 - 10 wires. They place the wire in the crack and then use a quickdraw to link it to the rope.

The best known, best value and probably the best designed are Wild Country Rocks. Having bought one set of these it is worth buying a different type of wire for your second set as they will offer slightly different placement possibilities. DMM Wallnuts are a very good alternative.

As you progress up the grades you will notice that the cracks you encounter tend to get smaller. It is at this point that investing in some microwires will start to seem a good idea.

Wide crack protection means either carrying large nuts (aka chocks or Hexes) or camming devices, or more likely both. Whilst cams have many advantages over nuts, nuts do in fact have some advantages over cams: they are lighter and considerably cheaper, they don't walk into cracks, and they will protect a crack that gets wider inside where a cam will be next to useless. They can also be hammered into an icy crack in winter.

Wild Country Anodised Rocks on Wire
Wild Country Anodised Rock on Wire
From £9.99
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Wild Country Classic Rock Set
Wild Country Classic Rock Set
£58.50
£65.00
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Wild Country Superlight Rock on Wire
Wild Country Superlight Rock on Wire
From £11.99
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Wild Country Superlight Offset Rock
Wild Country Superlight Offset Rock
From £10.99
7 In Stock
DMM Wallnut on Wire
DMM Wallnut on Wire
From £10.50
6 In Stock
DMM Alloy Offsets on Wire
DMM Alloy Offset on Wire
From £11.50
3 In Stock
Black Diamond Stopper on Wire
Black Diamond Stopper on Wire
From £12.00
2 In Stock
Black Diamond Offset Stoppers
Black Diamond Offset Stopper
From £12.00
2 In Stock
Metolius Ultralight Curved Nuts
Metolius Ultralight Curved Nut
£12.99
£16.99
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Black Diamond Micro Stoppers
Black Diamond Micro Stopper
From £15.00
3 In Stock
Black Diamond Offset Micro Stoppers
Black Diamond Offset Micro Stopper
From £15.00
2 In Stock
DMM IMPs on Wire
DMM IMP on Wire
From £16.00
3 In Stock
DMM Brass Offsets on Wire
DMM Brass Offset on Wire
From £15.99
2 In Stock
DMM Micro Wallnuts
DMM Micro Wallnut
From £10.50
4 In Stock
DMM Peenuts
DMM Peenut
From £9.99
3 In Stock
Black Diamond Hexcentrics on Wire
Black Diamond Hexcentric on Wire
From £10.99
1 In Stock
Wild Country Anodised Rockcentrics on Dyneema
Wild Country Anodised Rockcentric on Dyneema
From £14.99
4 In Stock
DMM Torque Nuts
DMM Torque Nut
From £16.99
3 In Stock
DMM Wired Torque Nut Set 1-4
DMM Wired Torque Nut
From £16.99
2 In Stock
DMM Nut Set 3 - Passive Pro Set
DMM Nut Set 3 - Passive Pro Set
£162.00
£180.00
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Beal Dyneema Cord 5.5mm Blue
Beal Dyneema Cord 5.5mm Blue x 1.1 metre (for Nut, Hex & Double Loop Cam Restringing)
£3.85
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Mammut 7mm Cord x 1.25m for Hex 4 Restring
Mammut 7mm Cord x 1.25m (for Hex 4 Restringing)
£1.75
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Mammut 8mm Static Cord
Mammut 8mm Static Cord/metre
£2.00
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Beal 9mm Dynamic Cord
Beal 9mm Dynamic Cord x 1.25m (for Hexes 6 - 9 Restringing)
£3.13
10 + In Stock

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