Skyhooks, Pegs & Aid Gear

 

Pitons (or pegs as they are often known in Britain) are, since the advent of modern wires, nuts and camming devices, seldom used in the UK for summer rock-climbing any more. However they are an important tool in winter and alpine climbing where narrow cracks may be choked with ice and other protection hard to find. They are also used in big wall aid climbing, though increasingly the emphasis is on "clean aid", ie aid using cams, wires, and other devices that don't scar the rock.
 
Pitons are either Chrome-Molybdenum Hard Steel (made for repeated use) or Mild Steel that deforms to the rock (made for permanent placements). All the pegs we sell are Hard Steel except where clearly indicated otherwise.


Pegs: the four major types
Knifeblades
Thin blade pegs for fine cracks (1 - 3mm) and are the most useful and lightest to carry.
Kingpins
Also known as Lost Arrows. Fat blades made for wider cracks (4 - 7mm). They are rather heavy.
Leepers
Designed and made by American climber Ed Leeper. The term has become generic. They are like channels but with a double U shape, making them suitable for crack sizes in between Kingpins and Channels ( 8 - 15mm).
Channels
Also known as Angles. U or V-shaped pitons made from formed steel sheet for wide cracks (15mm - 25mm).


Knowing what pitons (and indeed what gear in general) to carry for aid climbing is something that comes with experience, or perhaps from the list of gear required in your Supertopo or similar guidebook.

Also listed here is a good selection of other aid gear ranging from skyhooks to copperheads, and rivet hangers to cam hooks.

Moses Enterprises Logan Hook Pointed
Moses Enterprises Logan Hook
From £10.99
10 + In Stock
Petzl Skyhook Size 1 - Narrow
Petzl Skyhook Size 1 - Narrow
£16.99
2 In Stock
Petzl Skyhook Size 2 - Wide
Petzl Skyhook Size 2 - Wide
£16.99
4 In Stock
Black Diamond Cliffhanger
Black Diamond Cliffhanger
£12.99
10 In Stock
Black Diamond Grappling Hook
Black Diamond Grappling Hook
£14.99
5 In Stock
Black Diamond Talon
Black Diamond Talon
£18.99
8 In Stock
Troll 10mm Flat Tape - 60cm length for Skyhook
Troll 10mm Flat Tape - 60cm length for Skyhook
£1.14
10 + In Stock
Yates Rivet Hanger
Yates Rivet Hanger
£3.75
1 In Stock
Moses Enterprises Keyhole Rivet Hanger 3/8"
Moses Enterprises Keyhole Rivet Hanger
£6.49
1 In Stock
Black Diamond Knifeblade/Bugaboo Peg
Black Diamond Knifeblade/Bugaboo Peg
From £13.99
2 In Stock
Camp Knifeblade Piton 100mm
Camp Knifeblade Piton
£11.99
5 In Stock
Black Diamond Lost Arrow Peg
Black Diamond Lost Arrow Peg
£20.00
1 In Stock
Camp Lost Arrow Piton
Camp Lost Arrow Piton
£18.50
4 In Stock
Black Diamond Angle Peg
Black Diamond Angle Peg
From £12.99
2 In Stock
Camp Corner Piton
Camp Corner Piton
£9.99
8 In Stock
Fixe U-Channel Pitons
Fixe U-Channel Piton
From £6.99
3 In Stock
Petzl Universal Piton
Petzl Universal Piton
£9.99
£14.80
Save 32%
4 In Stock
Camp Universale Soft Piton 15cm
Camp Universale Soft Piton 15cm
£8.75
2 In Stock
Black Diamond RURP
Black Diamond RURP
£18.99
2 In Stock
Black Diamond Pecker 3
Black Diamond Pecker
From £19.99
Back Order
Moses Enterprises Tomahawk
Moses Enterprises Tomahawk
From £15.99
10 + In Stock
Moses Enterprises Steel Cam Hook Narrow
Moses Enterprises Steel Cam Hook
From £12.49
10 + In Stock
Moses Enterprises Fragile Cam Hook
Moses Enterprises Fragile Cam Hook
£12.99
1 In Stock
Yates Aluminium Head
Yates Aluminium Head
From £3.75
3 In Stock

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