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tslater


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I found an old piton and it says Made in Austria on the inside of the angle. It is a ring angle piton about 5" in length. There is also a diamond on the inside of the angle and there are words inside of the diamond. I think it starts with an S? Very rusted and semi twisted (softer metal). I dug it out of a crack in San Luis Obispo county, an obscure crag rarely visited. Can anyone tell me the era of the piton?

Thanks! I'd post a picture but I can't figure out how to do it.


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Feb 12, 2006, 7:23 PM
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next time post stuff like this in the gear heads forum

to post a pic, first of all, you'll have you put it on the internet, either with a picture hosting site (like photobucket.com) or here on rc.com.....after posting it, right click the image and go to properties....there copy the URL....


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Sounds like a "Stubai" ring piton, they still make them.


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You have to cut it in half and count the rings.


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coldclimb moved this thread from Injuries & Accidents to Gear Heads.


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As I mentioned before..

The piton you found:

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...p.cgi?Detailed=69350

Is still produced and avilable today from stubai-bergsport of Austria.

http://www.stubai-bergsport.com/pics/produkte/9/94.jpg

Being intentionally made from a malleable soft iron so they form to the contours of the rock providing increased holding properties. They are intended for a one time use as fixed anchors, usually left behind on descent. They are a convenient anchor being one piece that included the rap ring. They are still found on many established routes in this area.

Because of the material used they tend to rust and appear old in a very short time. The V-Shape is not early vintage, as the original "Ring Pitons" resembled more of a lost arrow shape and later were produced - painted with a high visibility orange coating.

More recently they were produced in a universal style with the head/ring rotated at a 45 degree angle so they could be used in either a vertical or horizontal crack.
http://www.stubai-bergsport.com/...dukte/9/93_klein.jpg
The most recent version being the one you found, referred to as a "V-Ring" or angle ring piton.

(edited.. due to heinous grammatical and spelling errors)


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You have to cut it in half and count the rings.
Nice. And much less expensive than carbon dating.

Skinner - very nice.


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skinner, that's why you're a honemaster. Thanks! So I guess Royal or Chouinard didn't visit this cliff afterall.

ANY THOUGHT ON THE HANGER? It was found closer to Chouinard territory and was a very (VERY) bold lead. Any guess on the era? early 70's?


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