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A Copper Head is a a piece of equipment used in Aid Climbing. I have never aid climbed and I have never used a copper head, but from what I hear I have come to the opinion that they are both evil and insane.

When a blank section is reached in an Aid climb with a faint seam or some dimples in the rock a copper head may be called into play.

It is a small (fingertip sized) barrel of copper wrapped around a wire. The copper head is placed against the seam and a hammer is applied. This sqashes the copper. It deforms and enters the seam/dimple. The climber then pulls up on the wire all the time hoping that the copper head will not slip off the rock.

It is also knon affectionatly as a mashie.

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