LittleHammer, why struggle when you can “point and click”?


By Tim Preston
October 02, 2015

True innovation in nut tools from Climb Design.

Climbers are realising how LittleHammer will solve the old problem — Climb Design have had a great response to the Kickstarter campaign: we were fully funded halfway through! And there is a lot of discussion in the climbing media and forums about LittleHammer:

8300 visitors to the Kickstarter campaign, 16400 views of the video on Kickstarter and elsewhere. 6800 views on Mountain Project forum, 2500 views on, 2700 on facebook, 4600 on Chockstone, also appearing on EpicTV , Gear Junkie, Vertical Life, and WeighMyRack. Climbers sure love to talk about new gear!

LittleHammer is about the right kind of force — a percussive force to release a stuck nut. Keeping with the old nut tool form (you can still use LittleHammer for levering, hooking triggers etc) this tool goes beyond being just a flat metal stick.

LittleHammer not only supplies the correct type of force it can also produce reverse impacts. Use this mode to remove beaks, peckers, and tomahawks in aid / big wall climbing where LittleHammer excels. We’ve also tried it on stuck cams: jumping each lobe back to free a stuck cam.

Advantage to the lead climber: don’t be afraid to heavily seat a nut placement, your second won’t have any trouble getting it out. This means better placements that will not wiggle out or fail in a fall.

Your second will get up to the belay sooner and you won’t have to choose between rapping down to sort a stuck nut or abandoning it.

Advantage to the second: resolve heavily seated nuts easily, climb without hang-dogging (to release gear) — test yourself at the grade, you’ll soon be on the pointy end!

LittleHammer features a spring loaded brass weight.  Pull back to engage the trigger notch. Position the end against the underside of the nut. Release the weight and the impact dislodges the nut.  As simple as that.

All this can be achieved with one hand and given it is a calmer motion it’s easy to do with your left or right hand.

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