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Clog Vulture Ice hammer.

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Object Name

Clog Vulture Ice hammer.




Hermione Cooper

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Brief Description

Clog Vulture ice hammer. Metal shaft with black rubber coating over middle. Leash tied through hole in head. Round hammer head. Pointed spike on ferrule. Serrated pick.


metal, canvas, rubber


Shaft & ferrule 41(l) x 11(cir)cms. Head 21(l) cms.

Number Of Objects


Inscription Description

"SECOND" stamped on metal shaft. "CLOG-WALES" written twice on black rubber.


silver, brown, black



Object Production Place



Denny Moorhouse and Shirley Smith set up Clogwyn Climbing gear - CLOG for short - in the old cinema at Deiniolen, North Wales, in 1966. These were the days of flower power hippies and laid back lifestyles so the 'climb now, work later' ethic prevailed with daily output of their first 'nuts' being counted in dozens rather than thousands. Whilst Denny and Shirley had excellent, innovative minds, their business acumen wasn't quite so good and they were gently eased out of the door, though fortunately Denny went on to set up the equally innovative company DMM aka: Denny Moorhouse Mountaineering.
We are not sure who was the progenitor of the CLOG range of ice-axes, but Wild Country had taken over the CLOG trade name in 1986 from a firm called Barrow Hepburn Equipment Ltd. and between them in 1987, they issued a recall notice on Vulture Ice Hammers manufactured before 1985 as some had broken where the hammer was joined to the shaft. By way of replacement you could get a free Simond Chacal Hammer, or 30. This of course, promoted the Chacal, demoted the Clog hammer and didn't help with the other Clog ice tools which died a slow death.
This is one of the Vulture hammers which was subject to the recall, but was obviously not sent back. it was used by Nevis Guides, the Mountain Guiding Business owned by Mick Tighe and still has it's head on even though it's a 'second'

Acquisition Date


Condition Check Date



Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007



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