Winter Protection

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  • DMM Bulldog

    DMM Bulldog

    For frozen turf, thin icy cracks and marginal ice smears - your new best friend...
  • DMM Deadman

    DMM Deadman

    Protection wizardry for snowy gullies and other sparse snow filled situations
  • DMM Terrier

    DMM Terrier

    The terrier - small but not without teeth...
  • Petzl Caritool

    Petzl Caritool

    Increase gear carrying options - a great accessory for mountaineering, ice climbing and long routes, will even hold your ice axes for you!
  • Petzl Caritool Evo

    Petzl Caritool Evo

    An updated design, the Caritool Evo can be attached to any harness. A universal holder for ice screws and ice axes.
  • Petzl Laser Speed Ice Screw

    Petzl Laser Speed Ice Screw

    Quick and easy screwing in any conditions with this steel, colour coded performance ice screw with integrated crank
When protecting climbs in winter conditions the best gear you can use is the same as you would use for summer rock climbing.  Passive protection like nuts are best - lightweight, simple to use, unaffected by snow or ice and can withstand being hammered (or lovingly tapped) into icy cracks.  Bigger nuts and hexes are most useful.  With caution Cams also work great on un-iced rock, look out for them freezing though.. 

When no rock protection can be found, winter conditions can allow for the use of winter specific gear.

Ice Screws
Threaded tubular screws that is screwed into ice for protection against falls.  The handle or head of the screw is used to rotate the screw into the ice, it also has an attachment point for carabiner or quickdraws.

Modern climbing ethics have reduced the use of pegs but they still have their place on a winter rack - away from the well climbed routes a peg placement might be the only quality gear you find in full ice conditions.

Ice Hooks
Shaped like the pick of an ice axe but with a sewn sling already attached.  The ice hook is versatile in its ability to be used in frozen turf or as an alternative to a peg.