Rock climbing

A grappling hook from Amazon. For climbing?

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LESSON: The first sign that this is a bad idea is that the grappling hook’s Amazon description clearly states “not recommended for rock climbing”. A further look at some of the reviews reveals that several people report that the metal hooks bend or break under small loads. The climbers in question may be beyond the help of this article, as it appears they have made a conscious choice to disregard their own safety, but this is a great opportunity to talk about the importance of using climbing gear designed for climbing.

Most climbing equipment has one or two certification labels: UIAA and CE. The UIAA is the International Federation of Climbing and Mountaineering. CE is a set of standards for all products (climbing and non-climbing) sold in the European Union. If your equipment carries the UIAA label, it means that it has been tested and meets the safety requirements set by the UIAA, and you can be sure that the equipment is completely safe to use, as long as climbing is listed. as one of the recommended recommendations. uses. Uncertified products are all over the map: some may be completely safe to use, while others may be homemade in someone’s garage and break under 10 lbs. load. Look for UIAA and/or CE certifications on your gear to KNOW it’s safe for climbing.

So, will a $20 grappling hook from Amazon get you up a cliff? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Nothing in the system is designed for climbing or tested for climbing. So if (when) it fails, it’s up to you. Also, climbing on a grappling hook is a good way to pull a rock over your head.

Thanks to photographer Nathan Welton for this absurd story.

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