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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

UV Damage Webbing – Synthetic Materials overexposed to UV light degrades and weakens the fabric

Down here we all know about the harsh affects of UV damage! Did you know when synthetic material is overexposed to UV light it degrades it by breaking down the molecular bonds in the fibre structure, thus weakening the fabric? During Waitangi weekend Nat collected a piece of unknown UV damaged webbing on the route

Product Safety Update- Daisychain

Aspiring is voluntarily replacing all Daisychains manufactured since 2015. Although no accidents or failures have been reported a routine batch test identified a potential flaw in the design that could be easily fixed with a change in the production process. In the interests of customer safety Aspiring has decided to voluntarily establish a replacement programme.