Figfour mixed training aid unleashed!

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A product design student from Dundee University has developed a brand new way to training for mixed climbing and dry tooling.

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The Figfour tools allow climbers to emulate climbing with axes on any indoor climbing surface without the safety issues and damage associated with indoor dry tooling.

The Figfour system consists of a stiffened webbing loop in place of a pick, which is used for hooking holds in exactly the way an axe would if dry tooling. This loop is easily detached without tools for transport or replacement.

Because the tools are manufactured in plywood, the shafts are kind on the skin, allowing users to train with the tools even after a tip shredding boulder session.


By varying the style of holds used it is possible to train for power and power endurance on jugs, or simulate the precision balancing act of sticking your picks to small edges by using small holds or slopers.

The video here[1] shows the tools in action;

Although still at the prototype stage, it is hoped that the design will be able to be put into production if an interested manufacturer can be found!

The project is being exhibited at the ‘New Designers’ graduate design event in london 10th-13th july, all are welcome to come and have a go!

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