Frozen Turf Protection

Just about the only thing for frozen turf belays are Warthogs - now made exclusively for Needle Sports. Drive in, screw out.

Ice hooks are probably the least reliable ice protection short of a tied off sock, but they do have their uses and those uses are: quick hook placement in hollow ice, shallow turf ledges and ice smears too thin for a screw. They are also great for whacking into iced up cracks, particularly corner ones where you would be pressed to place a peg. Of these placements, their most unique use is in turf, particularly the well frozen rim of exposed turf often encountered on mixed routes, where they can provide crucial psychological (if not actual) protection for the next move. Hooks can also be used for frozen turf belays at the top of crags, but a fully driven in Warthog is more reassuring. Warthogs are also useful for running belays and belays where the turf is thick and well frozen.

For really marginal turf placements on harder routes and for shallow iced up cracks, we have been selling a remarkable number of Peckers recently!

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