Trango seem to specialise in cool names and extraordinary gear. The company that brought us the Big Bro tube chocks, stock multitude of handy niknaks to make your climb easier.
The Trango Squid is no exception to this rule, Trango have thought on how to make easier the set up of quickdraws from the ground, through this development the squid was born. This is a small polycarbonate device that has been designed to fit most standard mop or brush poles, because these poles are readily available and you can buy telescopic versions of these poles fairly cheaply and easily. If you are struggling to find a pole that is suitable to your needs worry not! Trango also have the Squid Pole. The Squid Pole is the best pole we’ve found for using with the Squid. It features a heavy-duty fluted fiberglass outer tube and an external locking chuck and collet that won’t ever slip or jam and it extends from 4 to 8 feet long.
So what does it do?
The Squid has a few functions, firstly it can attach a quickdraw to a bolt. It does this by employing the Squid’s lever arm to hold open the carabiner, you then reach out with the Squid and slip the quickdraw through the bolt hole. Easypeasy, a little shimmy of the Squid then closes the gate and releases the carabiner. You can then use the Squid to put your rope through the quickdraw carabiner. The Squid has small hooks/loops at its base. These hold the rope in a loop and allow you
to lasso the rope through the carabiner gate, sorted. The removal of quickdraws from the bolt hole is just a simple reversal of the quickdraw application process.
I know this sounds pretty far fetched for such a simple looking device but it works and I think this would be really useful for setting up 3D climbs over cavern ceilings and the likes. I can feel the scepticism radiating from you, so I suggest you get over to the Trango site and see the video of it working for yourself.