Alpkit Brings You Summer Ice...
Innovative new mixed climbing training aid due to launch at summer bouldering festival.
Posted: 4 June 2009
launching an innovative new mixed
climbing training aid
at a French bouldering festival this
- which recently won the Innovation for Extremes Award - is a cunning
wood-based ice axe that's designed to allow mixed climbers - the
discipline involves climbing sections of rock with ice axes and is
known as 'dry tooling ' - to train effectively on artificial walls,
without damaging the holds.
FigFour was modelled in SolidWorks then output to a 3D CNC machine with
the wooden shafts being cut from a single sheet of plywood, which is
chosen for its good strength to weight ratio. A 7x7 wire is terminated
at both ends by swaged balls. This wire is bent round into a loop and
elegantly fixed to the shaft by a machined aluminium clamp. Have a look
at the clip above and you can see how the loop is used to hook holds
without damaging them. Neat.
The device is being launched at the Tout a Blocs bouldering festival
held in the alpine villages of L'Argentière la
Bessée and Ailefroide, which also host some of the best
waterfall ice climbing in the Alps and a corresponding winter festival.
Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the tools for real in
a try it session dubbed 'DryIce' and to quiz FigFour designer Pete
Dollman on the design of the tool. Pete will also be demonstrating the
use of the FigFour for anyone too lazy to try it for themselves...
More details at www.alpkit.com/dryice
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