As Chicks approaches its 20th anniversary, we stand on the shoulders of a giant, a company that has been in the business of making the tools we use to climb for centuries.
This year Grivel celebrates their 200th anniversary.
And Grivel just launched the first-ever helmet with a RECCO reflector.
RECCO reflectors bounce back signals to RECCO detectors. A rescuer with a RECCO detector can follow the signal back to the reflector; in this case the helmet and the climber wearing the helmet.
The RECCO reflector only adds 3 grams to the already uber-light Stealth and Stealth HS. These unique looking helmets are barely noticeable to the wearer but pack great protection.
Historically, ice climbers haven’t worn transceivers or carried avalanche rescue equipment. Although a RECCO does not replace a transceiver, it adds a considerable safety margin for search and rescue. Ski areas, helicopters and mountain rescue teams are typically equipped with the RECCO system.
If you backcountry ice climb and/or alpine climb, this new piece of equipment from Grivel could help stack the odds in your favor. It’s a small additional investment for your safety kit.
Chicks could not be more proud to partner with such a longstanding and innovative company.
Our partners at Liberty Mountain are the sole distributors of Grivel in the U.S. Liberty Mountains lists the suggested retail price of the Stealth RECCO as a mere $119. Well worth the investment for this new tech brain bucket.