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Product Recall – Petzl Pirana

Full details of the recall can be found here. Recall of PIRANA descenders (D005AA00 and D005AA01) due to a drowning risk if the rope accidentally gets blocked in the blocking slot. Immediately stop using the descenders affected by this recall. Affected products: PIRANA descenders D005AA00 and D005AA01 (see models in photo). Serial numbers: between 19

Roll-N-Lock – REQUEST FOR INSPECTION

Climbing Technology has voluntarily issued a request for inspection of the ROLLNLOCK pulley/rope clamp (Ref. No. 2D652) by the user.One of our customers has detected a defect in the functioning of the “sheave position lever” (F). This defect can lead to an accidental locking of the sheave position lever on its pin (H) on the

What Everyone Wants to Know About Snow Anchor Attachments

The Aspiring mid clip snow stake originated in the 1980s, following testing carried out in conjunction with the Federated Mountain Clubs. Aspiring snowstakes comply with the current recommendations for snow anchors developed by Don Bogie in collaboration with NZGA, NZMSC and LandSAR. Introduction While out on a recent skills course building snow anchors I began

Climbing in the Olympics – 2020 Update

Ever since 2016, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to include climbing in the 2020 Olympics the format has been a hotly debated subject. The IOC is combining the three main forms of competitive climbing—speed, boulder, and sport—into one event and only offering one set of medals. I’ve covered the format before, interviewing chief

Precautions to take when using the Petzl Pirana Descender

This information concerns the PIRANA (reference numbers D005AA00 and D005AA01) sold since the beginning of January 2020. Upon receiving feedback from users regarding instances of unintended blocking of the rope in the locking slot of the PIRANA, Petzl wishes to clarify details regarding the use of the descender for canyoning. Situation encountered by our users:

Understanding the white stuff

“Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua“ This proverb speaks to the importance of the land. While people come and go, the land remains. As humans we rely on the land. We must think long-term and see the big picture to ensure the sustainability of the land. Here at Aspiring we have been thinking of ways

What Winter Gear are you Missing?

As the cold weather approaches and snow starts to fall we start to think about the the winter adventures that are to be sent and the gear we wish we had.  Below we break down all the key gear items you’ll need to stay prepared this winter. There are important considerations when making a purchase:

Why Fixe Ropes?

Ropes that use Endurance technology slide more easily over their working surfaces: carabiners, descenders, belays, anchors, etc. To achieve this, higher quality strands are used which, combined with the manufacturing system, enables Roca to produce ropes with unique characteristics on the market. Endurance gives ropes a nicer feel, greater fluidity, and the ability to withstand

Safety Warning – Maillon Rapide

Peguet has publised a safety warning after a customer report of a cracked maillon rapide. More details can be found on the attached PDF or by navigating to the following page: https://www.peguet.com/news-gb

Precautionary Recall – CT Easy Speed

As a precautionary measure, Climbing Technology is voluntarily recalling its EASY SPEED (Ref. No. 2F714), subject to verification by the user. The recall is owing to a possible delay in the locking of the cam when used as follows: In the picture, the user grabs the openable side plate squeezing it towards the locking cam. This pressure, even