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Piton hammer

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:08 am
by gollum
Is there a way to use pitons without dragging a piton hammer along? I've heard of people using ice axes, which is a bit more useful than a hammer because you can use it for dry tooling as well. Is there any other nifty tool with which you can whack in pitons and also have other uses for it on the route?

I'm wondering because I'd like to try a few Drakensberg routes next year where pegs are a necessity.

Re: Piton hammer

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:25 am
by Nic Le Maitre
Use a rock, freely available on all "Berg routes, just break off a hold and voila, a perfect hammer...


Re: Piton hammer

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:22 am
by Justin
Not that I've bashed that many pitons in, but IMO if you don't take a hammer along then don't bother with pitons.

+ you could use the claw part of the hammer as a skyhook :P

Re: Piton hammer

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:11 pm
by Tristan
@ Gollum
I've never carried a hammer in the 'berg, but they are quite usefull - them piton things! My experience is also that - depending on the route - you don't require as large a rack as is typical elswhere, as the nature of the 'berg routes often don't have "loads" of "typical" kit.
Sooooo, lose a bit of yr rack and take a few pegs + a hammer.

TBH I've never thought of 'dry-tooling', however an axe would certainly make the precarious grass-pulling easier if one could sink the axe into the turf, ala Scottish winter climbing :? :shock:

PM me (or email a list of your proposed routes and I might be able to offer some personal opinion...

Re: Piton hammer

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:14 pm
by Gustav
"If you find a good hold in the Drakensberg, put it back!"

You'll crush that rock like a can on your forehead, and now you want to go bang in a piton? Eish...

Dont bother with pitons, chop up some 12mm reinforcing in 1ft lengths and bend the ends over to clip into! :lol:

Re: Piton hammer

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:19 pm
by gollum
Haha! Well, if you go by the principle of the protection is only as solid as the rock, I may just as well use tent pegs and clobber them in with my forehead! :P

@Tristan: Mailed you, thanks for the offer!