LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION OF MAJOR COMPONENTS – CONTINUED
Cliffhanger Mountain Piton. The cliffhanger piton is made of chrome molybdenum steel. The
thickness is.1 25 inch overall except the end of the hook is tapered. The hook end has a radius of .750
inch. The base of the cliffhanger is curved to create a biped base. The curved width of the base is 1.125
inches tapering uniformly to a width of .420 inch at the end of the hook. The base has two holes. A large
hole of .370 inch diameter at the base and a smaller hole of .330 inch diameter located directly above the
Figure 16. Cliffhanger Mountain Piton.
Ice Piton. The ice pitons are made of chrome-molybdenum steel. The eye is permanently and firmly
affixed to the top of the pitons. The tip is milled or hand ground teeth to create sharp points so it will grab
the ice when screwing the pitons into ice. The pitons have right hand threads to penetrate when turned
clockwise into the ice.
Figure 17. Ice Pitons.
Hinged Crampons. The hinged crampons come in pairs and are made of chrome-molybdenum steel.
The crampon has 12 spikes and an adjustable center hinge to adjust the length of the crampon. The
crampon is fully adjustable in width to be compatible with all standard military boots and commercial
plastic mountaineering boots with the aid of a big foot center piece when necessary. The crampon has six
attachment points for a ½-inch wide strap binding, and is furnished with all tools necessary to assemble
and adjust the crampon.