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Pitons

Definition of Climbing Equipment Word

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Pitons

Lost Arrow pitons, made by Black Diamond, are blade pitons with an eye and a taped blade shaft.

Photograph courtesy Black Diamond Pitons

Photo of angle pitons, made by Black Diamond Equipment, which come in a variety of sizes from half-inch to one-and-a-half inches thick.

Photograph courtesy Black Diamond Pitons

Yvon Chouinard in Yosemite Valley with lots of pitons before climbing El Capitan in the 1960s. Chouinard made the original Black Diamond pitons.

Photograph courtesy Black Diamond

Pitons

A piton is a forged piece of metal, formed in various shapes, thicknesses, and lengths, which is pounded with a piton hammer into cracks in the rock surface for climbing protection and anchors.

Pitons Damage the Rock

Although pitons were the main form of climbing protection until about 1970, they are rarely used by climbers now since their repeated insertion and removal creates scarring and damage to cliff faces, which can lead to cliffs being closed to climbing. Most pitons are used on aid climbs and only as a last resort.

Types of Pitons

Types of pitons including angles, knifeblades, Lost Arrows, and bongs. Piton is a French word.

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