Guide Gear Review: CAMP HMS Compact Locker

A guide must be precise when making decisions in the high country.  Equipment choice is one of the first things on my mind when planning for a day of work.  What type of terrain will I be in?  How many guests do I have?  How many pitches?  What type of rack will I bring? How many carabiners do I need?  These questions are just the tip of the iceberg when in the planning phase of a guided day.  I am reliant on my equipment to do the job I intended it for, and must carefully choose the right tool for the job.

CAMP HMS Locking Carabiner

I can say with certainty that the CAMP HMS Compact Locker is always in my kit for rock and alpine climbing.  Its large bay allows the rope to feed smoothly for a belay or rappel.  The round stock design has no corners, so it’s less likely for ropes to get hung up and load the carabiner incorrectly.   It features a wide gate opening so I can clip and unclip easily even while wearing gloves.  One of my favorite attributes of this carabiner is the key locking design, allowing me to unclip easily from anchors without the carabiner getting hung up.

With its simple and sleek design, the CAMP HMS Compact Locker is all you’ll ever need in a locking carabiner.