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Snarg ice piton/screw

Accession Number

933.2011.1

Object Name

Snarg ice piton/screw

Created

27/09/2011

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

27/09/2011

Brief Description

Snarg ice piton/screw. Cylindrical hollow tube with cut out slot and wedge shaped hangar.

Materials

metal

Dimensions

23(l) x 5(circumference) cms

Number Of Objects

2

Colour

blue,silver

Maker

Camp

Object Production Place

Italy

Provenance

Hard to know how to categorize these wee fellas as they are half ice piton and half ice screw and because of the tubular construction they have been called 'scrubes'. American climber Greg Lowe invented them back in the mid 1970's and for some reason or other called them 'snargs'. They are designed to be hammered into ice, for an anchor, and screwed back out again. The slot down the back is for removing the ice from the core of the piton/screw after use. Snargs enjoyed limited popularity in the 1980's and 90's but were overtaken by better ice screw technology. The Italian manufacturers 'CAMP' produced these ones around 1980 in collaboration with Greg Lowe. Mick Tighe used them briefly in his mountain guiding business, Nevis Guides, before donating them to the collection.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Mick Tighe

Acquisition Date

27/09/2011

Condition Check Date

27/09/2011

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

27/09/2011

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