(the long ones) span the range from tips
to hands and can be placed in pods or pockets
with a few taps of your hammer or in some
instances hand placed in a slot or pin scar
for upward progress. They also are inexpensive
gear to leave as belay anchors on new routes
and useful on winter ice, mixed and expedtion
climbs - where frozen, wet or grimey cracks
are encountered. BABY PITONS (the short
ones) are essentially "sawed off"
angles that are now required on many routes
where previously hammered placements have
left square holes. These can be "cammed"
or tapped into bottoming cracks or pin scars
CORNER and BABY Pitons work by exerting
pressure on both sides of the crack after
being "forced" into place. The
"U" shape and chormolly steel
also contribute to the friction, pressure
and security of each placement. Do practice
"constructive scaring" (hammering
upward while cleaning) which will increase
the possibility of using a nut or cam on
subsequent ascents. Made Italy.