Typically this post gets revived every Jan/Feb. Been that way since BD started using stainless crampons back in the Fall of 2010. This year the warning comes a little earlier. Typical email...for a stainless failure.
today we were climbing high above Thun, Switzerland on the Stockhorn. A
limestone peak with a small northface - and a cabin that brings you
up&down, Chamonix-Style :)
My friend used a crampon from black-diamond. While seconding one pitch,
I found a piece of steel, that reminded me on crampons... it was half
of his front-part! fortunately he didnt fell and the wall wasnt really
as I remember that you wrote about bd-crampons breaking I thought I let
you know about it, two pictures are attached.
thanks for your blog & all the best
Personally? I am still amazed no one has been killed.
In the 40 plus years I have been water fall climbing I have seen all sorts of stuff break. I have not seen anything break like stainless crampons...including the original Chouinard rigids. I am sure the Internet helps bring this kind of situation to light and to the for front again and again. But still...I have never seen anything like it going on year after year, starting in 2010 and going on into almost 2014 now.
You all be careful out there!
More here on previous failures. They are common enough that typically I simply don't bother reporting them anymore.
dbl click the photos if this interests you ........
Photos are courtesy of Tinu. Many thanks for the heads up!
4 months ago