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Leeper 'Z' mini pitons

Accession Number

1199.2014.1(a-b)

Object Name

Leeper 'Z' mini pitons

Created

19/12/2014

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

19/12/2014

Brief Description

Two Leeper 'Z' shaped mini pitons with 2 holes in each

Materials

High tensile steel?

Dimensions

a - 5(l) x 3(w) cms b- 4.5(l) x 3(w) cms

Number Of Objects

2

Inscription Description

"LEEPER" on both

Colour

brown

Maker

Leeper

Object Production Place

USA

Provenance

Ed Leeper is an American rock climber who seems to have been in his prime in the 1960's when he was pioneering new climbs on the great granite walls of Yosemite in California.
New climbs often meant new ideas in climbing equipment and Leeper invented several things including the leeper piton with its revolutionary 'Z' shape which was excellent for biting into the Yosemite granite. Scottish mountaineers found them equally useful for winter climbing since the shape cut nicely into icy cracks.
The two Leepers we have here in the collection are the rather rarer mini versions ( not sure if they have a special name ) which were used by specialist aid climbers, particularly in Yosemite.
Rather appropriately these two pitons came from our collector friend, Art McCarthy, who lives out in sunny California.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Art McCarthy

Acquisition Date

19/12/2014

Condition Check Date

19/12/2014

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

19/12/2014

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