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When you're hanging off of a frozen waterfall, the last thing you want is a sloppy, ugly anchor. Get a crisp and clean thread for your V-anchors the first time around with the Black Diamond First Shot Thread Tool, which features a cord puller that stores compactly within the handle. This tool even has a mini saw, and works with 16-, 19-, or 22-centimeter ice screws.

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Unnecessary piece of gear

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

My climbing partner bought one of these after one of our trips and seeing me make V-threads (Abolokovs) the "old" way. I was excited to try it out and was incredibly disappointed by it. We tried over and over to get it to function on our hanging belay up on a waterfall with no success. Eventually I just did one the "old" way first try. Even later just messing around with it back down on the ground it was still coming up useless.



So here is my opinion. Don't buy this item, just learn how to make an Abolokov the "old" way. Its faster, easier, and you don't have to haul a silly piece of plastic with you. Practice at ground level and you'll become a pro in no time.

For the ice climber who has everything...

    My climbing partner bought this about a year ago. On very flat ice (like glacier ice) it works 100% of the time. However, on irregular waterfall ice it has a tendency to miss. I would not recommend this product considering the cost and weight. Make a V-threader out of a wire coat hanger and save your money.