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Etrier

Accession Number

373.2008.1(a-b)

Object Name

Etrier

Created

17/11/2008

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

17/11/2008

Brief Description

Orange Nylon webbed etrier. Three large loops/steps.

Materials

nylon

Dimensions

142 ( l ) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

Inscription on white label reads "TROLL MOUNTAIN SAFETY EQUIPMENT TROLL PRODUCTS UPPERMILL, OLDHAM, ENGLAND."

Colour

orange

Maker

troll

Object Production Place

England

Provenance

Like many words in the English language, particularly in the world of mountaineering, 'etrier' is borrowed from another mountaineering nation, in this case France, since etrier means a ladder, or more specifically a stirrup.
Jokes are often made about mountaineers needing ladders to climb rock faces - well it's no joke, they actually use them. If a rock face proves to be unclimbable by normal means i.e. hands and feet, then a piton, bolt or something familiar can be banged into the rock and the etrier clipped into it for use as a ladder. Repeat the process and away you go up the rock face.
This type of climbing is known as artificial climbing and was much in vogue in the latter part of the 1900's and while the 'art' is still practised, better forms of protection and much higher climbing standards have seen many former artificial climbs now climbed free.
This pair of etrier ( we're told there's no plural for the word) were used extensively by Mick Tighe in his early climbing career, in particular on an ascent of the Troll Wall in Norway in 1974.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Mick Tighe

Acquisition Date

17/11/2008

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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