Hammer used to place piton
s on a climb.
Joe Brown was climbing Cenotaph Corner in north Wales in
1947. He got past the crux of the climb, first ever
to get so far. He dropped his peg hammer and it landed
on the head of his second, knocking the second unconcious.
Joe had to climb back down past the crux to
give first aid. He didn't return to finish the climb
for another four years.
The climb was so far beyond the ability of any other
climber that in the interim no one managed it.