“Old” Croll

Petzl have issued a news release concerning two instances of failure on the rivet head on the old style Croll. This is NOT a recall and Petzl say the problem applies only when the item is used intensively in a commercial environment – both the issues arose on a North Sea oil rig. See Petzl’s information release at:


2013 Pantin and Croll

We have just received the 2013 version of the Pantin ascender. We’ve been fans of foot jammers since before Petzl started making them, and have already been trying it out to see how it compares with the old version. This one is *quite* different… we’ll put up a user review as soon as we’ve given it a good going-over. In the meantime, anyone else who has one, feel free to comment!

We also now have the 2013 Croll – two-thirds of the weight of the “old” Croll – we’re looking forward to seeing how it performs underground.


Holloch “type anglais” – the new Titan suit

The Holloch oversuit from Aventure Verticale has long been one of our best-selling ranges. However, over the last two years we have come to realise that there are a few differences between French caves and cavers and their English / Welsh / Scots / Irish equivalents. After a lot of discussion with the AV design team we now have the “Holloch type anglais”, which is going to be marketed as the AV “Titan”. There are two differences: firstly our caves tend to involve a lot more crawling and the new suit therefore has reinforced forearms. Secondly, we are longer in the body than our continental colleagues (don’t ask me why) and we were often finding that the otherwise excellent fit of the Holloch fell down when it came to the waist-to-armpit measurement. The new suit will be 6cm longer in the body to address this. So, if you have tried on a Holloch in the past but regretfully decided that it wasn’t for you because you couldn’t quite get your arms comfortably above your head, give the new Titan suit a try. As ever we love to have your feedback, good bad or indifferent.


Recall of Grigri 2

Petzl have discovered that exerting excessive force on the fully extended handle of the GRIGRI 2 can damage it, causing the handle to become stuck in the open position.

Petzl are not aware of any accidents resulting from this. They have increased the mechanical strength of the handle on all GRIGRI 2’s since serial no. 11137.

The original Grigri is not affected.

Grigri 2’s should be returned for replacement.

Recall of Petzl Scorpio via ferrata lanyards

Important safety notice

Scorpio via ferrata lanyards

Petzl have issued a “recall alert for inspection” of all Scorpio via ferrata lanyards, following an accident in Grenoble. If you have Scorpio lanyards, the advice is immediately to stop using them. We will be sending back a package of lanyards for inspection, so if you have Scorpio lanyards (whether or not you bought them from us) we can send them back for testing. Items that pass inspection will be returned; items that fail will be replaced or credited; items that fail purely due to wear and tear will be returned with advice that they should be retired and replaced.

The Scorpio lanyards are the ones that look like this:

Shannon… gear post-script

Well, it’s a shop website. I should mention the kit…

AV suit- actually, the one that I had originally, which I was wearing a size too small, didn’t like George’s Choke very much. When I switched to one that fitted, it was excellent; warm enough, flexible, and a joy to wear. But still, the lesson learnt – don’t buy on the small size, just because it looks the part. Vanity has no place in caving!

My etche canyoning boots did well in the streamway; nice not to carry the extra kg of water in the footwear, especially given how much distance you cover.

Little Monkey; a nice little light. Plenty bright enough, even in the big stuff. The good duration (at next-to-highest level, it gives thirteen hours) is reassuring on a longer trip, especially when you don’t know how long you’ll take to get out… and that ridiculous 250g weight is welcome when you’re wearing a helmet (and moving fairly dynamically) for several hours at a go.

Taladro bag. Well, it carried, at various times, harness, lead, and line reels. It didn’t break and it was easy to carry, when you could wear it, it was comfortable. All that you want from a small tackle bag, really!

Oh – and it’s a cave for knee pads; elbow pads too, I’d say. I padded up on all the joints, and was glad that I did.