Piton Puller

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Piton Puller

Piton maker Dick Long of Longware fame made this piton puller.

 

The idea was to use the tool to pull the pitons straight out reducing the damage to the pitons caused by a hammer during normal removal. Dick Long with Allen Steck, Jim Wilson and Les Wilson used the puller during the 1967 first ascent of Angel Wings in Sequoia National Park. It worked very well but was never used again because the climbers felt it was too heavy to carry again.