Fifi hook

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A fifi hook

The fifi hook is a small question mark shaped piece of equipment used principally in aid climbing[1] to quickly connect a climber to gear to take their weight.[2] It can also be useful for free climbing, alpinism, mixed climbing and ice climbing.[3]

Typically made of stamped steel or forged alloy, it has a large hole at the bottom for connecting to one's harness and a smaller hole at the top for attaching a retrieval cord in case of a fall.

Due to its open shape it offers very little strength and requires a great deal of caution when used. If a fifi hook is being used as a main rest support, using a backup carabiner is recommended.[4]


  1. ^ Kublak, Thomas (2014). Mountaineering Methodology - Part 2 - Gear and Accessories. Tomas Kublak - MMPublishing. pp. 146–147. ISBN 9788087715130. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  2. ^ Van Leuven, Chris; Roberston, Ashby. "Tool Users: Fifi Hooks -". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ Lowe, Jeff (1996). Ice World: Techniques and Experiences of Modern Ice Climbing. The Mountaineers Books. p. 181. ISBN 9780898864465. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  4. ^ Hattingh, Garth (1998). The Climber's Handbook. Stackpole Books. p. 99. ISBN 9780811727068. Retrieved 22 September 2017. fifi hook skyhook.

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