Pitons - Petzl Norway



  • Carefully read the Instructions for Use used in this technical advice before consulting the advice itself. You must have already read and understood the information in the Instructions for Use to be able to understand this supplementary information.
  • Mastering these techniques requires specific training. Work with a professional to confirm your ability to perform these techniques safely and independently before attempting them unsupervised.
  • We provide examples of techniques related to your activity. There may be others that we do not describe here.

Working principle

During a fall, the piton must lock into the crack. Force (F), applied to the carabiner torques the piton blade. This torque locks the piton into place. A piton placement must not rely only on friction or compression.

Pitons: proper usage

Pitons: improper usage

Pitons: clipping carabiners