Another gumby happy with his Ergos ;)
November 17, 2011 11:41 AM
"Your (Ergo) articles, and some swinging at a demo, convinced me to go with the Ergo as my first set of tools.
I agree that they look radical when compared to other tools, but after a few laps I was a believer! The swing felt a little different when compared to other tools I've used, but those were all more "traditionally" shaped tools (quark, viper, old set of prophets). It didn't take long to adjust.
Some field testing results to back up your statement about these being good beginner tools:
I'm a gumby when it comes to ice, and while I'm working on fixing that, I feel that the Ergo will help greatly along the way. Sticks are easy to get and the orientation of the handle, more like a pullup bar, eases pump and lets me move my hand around into different positions while hanging. This gives me more time to work on proper foot and tool placements without pumping out. I've let a bunch of my other ice gumby friends try them and they really are a hit. Most of the beginners felt that they were easier to climb with than the other tools we had (viper/cobra and quarks)."
Photo courtesy of Jon Griffith @ Alpine Exposures
Ueli Steck and his Ergos on Super Coulior Direct
And more on the Dru.