Designer Pete Dollman, winner of the Innov_ex 09 Innovation Prize, has now begun production of his FigFourdesign. The FigFour is a specialized training aid for mixed climbing. The device is designed to accurately replicate the actions of mixed climbing indoors, without damaging the holds or panels of existing climbing surfaces, allowing climbers to train at their local wall.
Pete's intention is to license his design to an existing climbing equipment firm and he would especially like to see Grivel manufacture the FigFour. Will Grivel step up? UK company Alpkit will be the first to launch FigFour at the Tout a Blocs festival in July. I would love to see these come into full commercialization as my local wall does not allow dry tooling!