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Topic - Pegs for the Alps

AlanLittle - on 04 Apr 2014

I've read lots of alpine route descriptions that recommend having a hammer and a few pegs for when it all goes horribly wrong. And since some of these are descriptions of routes I intend to do, I'm contemplating acquiring a hammer and a few pegs.

Worth it? And if so, which pegs? Andy K seems to be in favour of beak-style thingies (Peckers, Tomahawks) if you actually plan to use them, but I don't. I'm thinking definitely a couple of knifeblades - they're light and definitely a better bet than abbing off RPs in a thin crack. Anything else? I'm wondering if I should be able to get a wire or a small cam in most places that would take say a leeper or an angle.

(Salewa do a nice looking hammer: cheapish, not too heavy, and has a little pick on it that looks like it might be better than nothing for self-arrest. Steep snow at the bottom of routes in approach shoes being another thing I'm not in favour of)

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