π Cam: The development of a camming device for climbing

Pius Theiler

Published online on November 7th, 2012

Abstract

The project π Cam describes the development of a new anchoring device for climbing. Camming devices are part of the safety gear used in rock and industrial climbing. They help to create an anchoring point where no preattached bolts exist. The current camming devices are only secured in a crack or between two parallel surfaces. The newly invented π Cam, however, can be used also to rock protrusions, like flakes, limestone traces or tufa, to create anchoring points. Thus, the device widens the range of rock formations possible for protected climbing and increases the safety of the climber by less equipment and weight. In industrial climbing and rescue at height, too, safety is of the highest priority. For example on pillars the π Cam can provide an anchoring point to workers high above the ground. The π Cam opens new horizons not only for climbers but also in many other usages, therefore a patent is pending.

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About the author

Born and grew up in the heart of Switzerland, Pius Theiler (born 1992) has climbed mountains since his childhood. At Kollegium St. Fidelis he got his matriculation standard in 2011. In the same year, he won several prizes with his invention π Cam, participated in EUCYS Helsinki as well as was invited to attend the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies. Currently he is studying mechanical engineering at the EPFL Lausanne – still developing new ideas, inventions and concepts.

Cite as
Theiler, P. (2012). π Cam: The development of a camming device for climbing. European Journal for Young Scientists and Engineers, 1(1), 25–35.