Camp Laser CR Harness; Falling in Love

Falling in Love with the CAMP Laser CR Harness

Howdy, folks. I just got done putting the CAMP Laser CR Harness through the wringer and I’ve got some great things to share with you. I’ve taken this thing everywhere and climbed many routes! Here’s some stats to get us started:

255 pitches
9 Grade III’s
6 Grade IV’s
1 Grade V
1 14er

Now, let’s have a look-see at this beauty:
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CAMP Laser CR (items in bold I’m excited to talk about)

Mountaineering, ice climbing, climbing on big routes, rock climbing, sport climbing
Laminate construction comprised of laser cut webbing, nylon and internal padding
3-dimensional mesh padding wicks moisture away from the body
Pre-Threaded Buckles on the waist and legs
Patented No-Twist belay loop
Steel drop seat hooks
4 stiff webbing reinforced gear loops
Haul loop
5 sizes
Weight (medium): 410 g, 14.5 oz
$119.95 USD

I started using this harness at the very beginning of SENDtember of this year. I was in Indian Creek, UT for the opening day of Reservoir Wall. Right away I fell in love with the bright green color, and noticed how very well crafted this harness was compared to my last. Very aesthetically pleasing.

After jamming perfect sandstone cracks, it was off to Unaweep Canyon for super fun granite climbing. Things that stuck out to me about the Laser CR was how light and moveable it was. Did you see in the specs how much it weighed? This is a great sport climbing harness. It felt great. Next, I was off to do a rigging gig in Glenwood Springs, CO for an adventure race.

Gary pulling hard in Red Rock, NV

Photo: Lindsey H – Have a Beer with Fear, 5.11a. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Photo: Tony C - Save the Heart to Eat Later, 5.12a. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Photo: Tony C – Save the Heart to Eat Later, 5.12a. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Now to switch it up a bit – I was climbing the famous Wilson Peak (14,023’) outside of Telluride, CO! I got to try out what may be my favorite feature of this harness: the no-twist belay loop. I did a fair bit of short-roping and usually prefer to use a munter when belaying over semi-technical terrain. The belay loop on the Laser CR keeps my carabiner orientated perfectly! The carabiner is always exactly how I want it positioned. It also prevents your carabiner from unexpectedly cross-loading while belaying. Check it out:

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The awesome no-twist belay loop. The belay loop splits and has a rubber keeper in it to hold the carabiner snug, like the bottom end of a quick-draw.

Photo: Peter - On the summit of Wilson Peak, 14,023’. Near Telluride, CO.

Photo: Peter – On the summit of Wilson Peak, 14,023’. Near Telluride, CO.

Fast forward a bit and it’s now ROCKtober. Prime desert season. This is where durability was tested. I put this thing through so many sandstone off-widths and chimneys it’s ridiculous. I climbed the Stolen Chimney on Ancient Art, the North Chimney of Castleton, the classic chimney climb Epinephrine in Red Rock, NV, and many other wide cracks. My last harness broke doing this type of climbing. Not this one – probably due to the steel drop seat hooks versus plastic buckles. While I like this feature, it may also be the one thing I’d have to improve for next year’s model. I noticed the hooks would come undone while in my pack and get twisted around. Nothing major, I’d just have to shake and untwist the leg-loops before I put the harness on. While in Red Rock, I also climbed the biggest route I’ve ever done. Resolution Arete, V, 5.10d C1, 24 pitches, 2500’. I loaded the 4 gear loops (max weight 11 lbs) and haul loop (max weight 220 lbs) with all the gear I’d need for a successful 1 day ascent of a big wall. For being so light, it was nice and comfy to hang around in all day.

Photo: Colby B - High up on Epinephrine, IV 5.9, 14 pitches, 2200’. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Photo: Colby B – High up on Epinephrine, IV 5.9, 14 pitches, 2200’. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Photo: Lindsey H - Pitch 2 of Eagle Dance, IV 5.10d C0. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Photo: Lindsey H – Pitch 2 of Eagle Dance, IV 5.10d C0. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

As the season winded down, I got to sneak in a few more big climbs in The Black Canyon, most notably two ascents of The Russian Arete, IV, 5.9+, 8 pitches, 1800’. Look how pretty she looks after all these pitches.

Photo: Ed E - On the summit of the Russian Arete, IV 5.9+, 8 pitches, 1500’. Black Canyon National Park, Colorado.

Photo: Ed E – On the summit of the Russian Arete, IV 5.9+, 8 pitches, 1500’. Black Canyon National Park, Colorado.

I conclude this review with a recent onsight ascent of my first 5.12a! And now that winter is upon us, I’m excited to see the CAMP Laser CR excel on the brilliant ice there is to climb in the San Juans.

Photo: Jeff - Power Play, 5.12b. The Box, Socorro, New Mexico.

Photo: Jeff – Power Play, 5.12b. The Box, Socorro, New Mexico.

So, bottom line: Best harness I’ve ever used. 4 season, all purpose harness. It does it all, very well.

Thanks for reading,

Gary
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide

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