Pitons – the classic way, while climbing to hedge
Long before the first friends were invented, Pitons were far ahead of the clamping wedges and the bolts the only way to secure a climbing route. All classic increases were recorded with mostly self forged, climbing hooks, wooden wedges or cord loops secured. And even if it is, gone out of fashion today to draw, with rock hooks and rock hammer in the mountains there are a lot of situations, where both can not be waived.
Where do you need still Pitons?
, There are still some climbing areas, such as for example the Dolomites, where the bolts in the Alpine area still does not belong to the standard. Here, the use of Pitons in many routes is still essential. Finally friend and chocks not everywhere can be created. In very narrow cracks, rock hooks often provide the only way to install a backup at all. A route becomes Alpine, the more the climbing hook belongs to the standard equipment of every climber. The Pitons are suitable also for abseiling.
What are the differences between Pitons?
Basically, Pitons can be divided in two varieties. Soft steel hooks are, as it suggests the name. made of a softer steel. You particularly well adapt the course of crack and are suitable for use in soft rocks such as limestone. The hard steel hook, however, consist of a much harder steel and can be used so well in hard rock such as granite. The branched of this rock hook is the Yosemite Valley with its impressive granite walls. < br / > here come the hooks and cliffs. These are rather exotic Pitons used mainly in technical climbing. They are, in contrast to normal Pitons in the rock hit, but placed only on rock bars and then burdened with the weight of the body.