|Name:||Mad Rock Trigger Wire|
|Nose:||notch & wire|
|Dimensions:||Length: 97 mm|
Width: 57 mm
Rope Bearing Depth: 8.72 mm
Gate Opening: 22 mm
|Strength Ratings:||23 kN | 8 kN | 8 kN|
|Other Markings:||Forged: (ratings) MAD ROCK|
Laser: CE2008 TD2 Tested Pat.Pend.
|Batch Marking Location:||spine-left|
|Collection Criteria:||★ Demonstrates a Discipline|
|Summary:||gate hold-open trigger mechanism|
|Description & Commentary:|
A basic wiregate carabiner designed to be clipped remotely. The wire gate can be held open by a spring-loaded pivoting bar, which will release the gate and self-retract when triggered by an object entering the carabiner.
Mad Rock produces the Trigger Wire for specialized rock climbing applications. On a sport climb (fully bolted lead climb), a Trigger Wire on the bolt end of a quickdraw will aid in stick-clipping the first bolt. Similar to the Kong Panic, if attached to a stiff dogbone/quickdraw, the trigger wire can also be used to reach a bolt from a lower stance than otherwise possible, without the hassle of bringing a long stick-clip. The Trigger Wire is lighter, but more difficult to set than the Kong Ergo Open Latch (the carabiner) used on the Panic (the name of the carabiner + 30cm or 60cm dogbone).
Aid climbers (rock climbers using gear for upwards progression) might use it to help bypass a blank or a poorly protected section of rock with the use of a cheater stick. Lead climbers of all disciplines could use the Trigger Wire to make difficult/dangerous rope clipping moves easier and more reliable.
I have seen videos of rodeo clipping a Trigger Wire on a pre-hung quickdraw, but this seems like a situation which would never happen in the real world. Rodeo clipping involves swinging the climbing rope into the gate of the carabiner, which then clips onto the rope. Typically, a climber performs this feat on a pre-hung quickdraw before beginning a lead climb to minimize the danger of an early fall. Pre-hung quickdraws are common in climbing gyms, some outdoor climbs with fixed draws and when repeat climbing sport climbs - the first climber places draws and descends without cleaning the draws, enabling subsequent climbers to lead-climb without the challenge of carrying and placing draws.
If stick clipping, the rope is already clipped through the rope end of the quickdraw. If the quickdraw is pre-hung, the Trigger Wire cannot be set in the gate-open position. But perhaps I am misunderstanding something about how rodeo clipping is used - please contact me if you can clarify this issue for me.