Black Diamond Trad Rack Starter Package

This is where you start.

Learn the ways of the traditional climber with Black Diamond's Trad Rack Starter Package protecting you on every move. Feel free to sew up cracks with the ever-popular and oh so reliable Camalot C4 cams, featuring Black Diamond's innovative double-axle design for extra cam-stopping security. Learn how to make all seven stoppers more bomber than the bolts you've been whipping on all summer.

This package also includes Black Diamond's Neutrino Carbiner Rackpack, which includes six colored carabiners that correspond with each Camalot C4 cam. Pair the additional eight superlight Hotwire carabiners with the four Dynex Sewn Runners to make extendable quickdraws for reduced rope drag on wandering trad routes.

  • Camalot C4 Package #0.5-3
  • Stopper Set Classic #5-11
  • Neutrino Carabiner Rackpack
  • Eight Hotwire carabiners
  • Four Dynex Sewn Runners
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great Way to get into Trad!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This started pack is a great jumping off point for any new trad climber! I bought this pack two years ago at 25% off and have loved it. Black Diamond makes a great cam, no doubt.

These sizes are the perfect range to get you up most any alpine route or varied trad route. I live and climb mainly in Tennessee and this rack can get me up most any routes around here and in North Carolina.

Two things to keep in mind when purchasing this product:

1.) Starting off you need to have the essential gear, that's why this is such a great product. But another important part of starting to trad climb is learning to climb efficiently and safely. If you're a beginner chances are you will be (and should be) with an experienced traditional climber. If that person is experienced they will most likely own their own single, or even double rack, so there you go. Instantly can contribute to having a double rack for longer climbs, and also pick up pointers and advice for new gear to pick up along the way. DON'T give into the pressure that you need to own an entire rack starting out, its unrealistic and expensive. I added some doubles and smaller cams as I caught them on sale (a BD .4, MC #1, and MC#00).

The set of nuts are great and the Nut Tool super handy (With a bottle opener too for a summit brew(If you feel like climbing with glass bottles?))

2.) When you order, call the Gearheads, they are awesome. I was able to switch my Hotwire rack pack for a Neutrino Rack pack to further drop the price and save size and weight.

Just because the Hotwires are just too nice, big, and unnecessary.

This is a great deal to get in the game quick. Especially if you're already sport climbing, just combine the rack with your sport rack and you have enough draws for a route when placing nuts and cams.

You could buy it separate, but in one phone call you could have a full rack in 2 days, that's pretty awesome!

What is the estimated back in stock date?

Of the black diamond starter trad package.

Hi Nathan, It doesn't look like we have any of these on order right now. That is not to say that we will not be getting any more in, but not any time real soon. If you have any other questions, or would like me to keep an eye on this for you, please feel free to reach out to me directly. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead

Solid Starter Set

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've gotten a few of my first leads in with the set and it's pretty great.
The nut tool is really crappy and uncomfortable to use but it works. They really should have included the neutrino rackpack instead of the hotwire since the hotwires are unnecessarily large for a racking caribiner. The meat and potatoes (nuts and cams) of the set work great though and it's awesome that they sell as a kit so you can apply one discount to everything.

Get started!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an awesome starter package and gets you headed in the right direction. This rack will give you good protection on a bunch of classics! The BD C4s are simple to use and bomber protection. Light weight and versatile dynex slings make for great alpine draws to extend and reduce rope drag . the color coded hot wire rackpack makes finding the right piece easy which is super nice when your pumped out and need to get some gear in the wall. Not a big fan of the nut tool honestly, really sharp on the edges but it does the job, I added a bit of tape in places to take the edge off.

Get started!

Please tell me this will be back in stock soon!?

Hi Scott,

I can set this package up for you. We may have to make some minor adjustments, if one of the listed items is out of stock.

You can reach me directly via phone or email.

Hi Emily,



I have the same question ...if it's possible to put something similar togetherI would be very nterested ...I'll email you.



Thanks,

Tracey

Just DO IT!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

No more excuses! Last season you said this season, this season you said next season! Just DO IT! Hands down, best deal on backcountry, or online outfitters in general. BD is up there with the best camming system out there; new "ultralights"coming out in 2016, along with DMM's new dragon cams, highly recommend taking a peak at those!
Regardless. This is the rack I started on, and am continuing to expand upon season to season. Is as advertised: .5 to #3 cams, roughly finger to hand size placements, 5-11 nuts, small splitters to finger size cracks. The runners are great, a lot of flex and don't feel chunky, the color coded hoodwire biners for the cams are great for a quick, look and locate, on your gear loop. The hotwires aren't the hooded biners for your alpine draws, the lack of a hood might bother some people with snagging, but for an alpine I guess it's up to the climber. Also the little biner that comes with stoppers is complete junk, use it for your keys or something; go with an Oz biner for the nuts if you want to replace it. I don't know what else to say other than its completely and 100% worth the money if you're looking to break out into the trad game.

Alpine draws

Oz biners by BD with Petzl's fin anneau sling on the left, and the hotwire and dynex runners by BD on the right.

Alpine draws

will this be coming back in stock at all?

Eric - Very shortly - hopefully by the end of the week!

Best Answer

Eric,



If you've got questions on trad gear or want me to notify you when this comes back in stock, definitely hit me up via email and I'll be more than happy to help you through the process of finding gear and building your rack.



Jared D.

Expert Gearhead

801.736.4336

jdowns@backcountry.com

Breaking Into the Trad Game

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're making the jump from sport to trad, this is the pack to start you off! Hit me up if you have questions about this kit or if you're building your trad rack.

C4's:
The gold standard in mid to large sized cams.

Stoppers:
The #5-11 are the work horse stoppers and great for anchors.

Rackpack:
HotWires are the way to go to prevent the nose from snagging.

EDIT: The rack pack has since been swapped out to the Neutrinos'

Runners:
Four runners are great for extending pro and reducing drag.

Nut Tool:
Nothing amazing but you'll need it to clean your passive placements.

If you have any questions at all about this kit, shoot me an email and we can talk gear and what other pieces to add to your new rack!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

Just wanted to clarify: In the rundown for this trad package, you've reviewed the Hoodwire rackpack but this trad package seems to come with the Hotwires....

I agree that the Hoodwires are a better option for non-snagging since they're essentially keylock wiregates, but I'm afraid that people will confuse your review with the included Hotwires since their names are so similar.

Sorry for the simple mistake. I've got it corrected.

All that and a bag of routes!

    Flipping through the guide, noticing all the stars of the routes you WISH you could climb - staring admonishingly at your rack of 10 quickdraws, but DREAMING of splitter cracks, multiple pitches, and free-ing a route on El Cap.

    This IS where you start.

    All together - a perfect starter rack - 5 cams from fingers to fist - and carabiners to go with em (COLOR CODED - really nice for identifying!)
    Stoppers - to fit in those tapers and bombproof slots -
    4 alpine draws (4 slings and 8 hotwire carabiners)

    And a nut tool - to get back those stoppers your scared little soul slammed in there and ALMOST got welded into the granite.

    This is the exact rack I started with - she has grown since then - but this is what got me up and on all the classics and grew my confidence to climb on!

    EOOOOWWW - SHINY NEW THINGS!