The Warthog Rises Like A Phoenix From The Ashes

by Mick Ryan ” I remember belaying off a warthog on the Cobbler when all else I could find was a small and not very deep knifeblade (my partner decided to take a factor two fall onto the belay leading the next pitch, so that belay will be imprinted into my memory for the rest of my life), and many times using them when you arrive on the top of a cliff where you are suddenly in a flat, frozen field with nothing to belay off – Udlaidh, Beinn an Lochain, Lochnagar being good examples.”writes Toby A about Warthogs on a thread today at about ice protection. Although opinions, as usual, do differ. Gear guru Andy Kirkpatrick in the same discussion says, when comparing ice hooks to warthogs that “a warthog will rotate under load, or bend, then pull out, were as a hook has to be pulled through the mass of turf.” Join that discussion here The Warthog ice screw had been unavailable for some time but not anymore as Needle Sports, the independent climbing shop in Keswick has started to have them manufactured and distributed. At the Needlesports website, owner Stephen Reid writes: “The Warthog Ice Screw was first made by Salewa but as far as we can ascertain, Mountain Technology were the only company that have produced them in recent years. With the demise of Mountain Technology, and their parent company HB, the Warthog, so beloved of British and Polish climbers but so little known elsewhere, looked like becoming an endangered species. However, Needle Sports has located the engineering firm that originally made Warthogs for Mountain Technology and are very pleased to be able to offer them once again. “