EDELRID calls upon all operators of climbing facilities who use the top-anchor Topper (Topper, Topper Station or Topper Station Refit) when installed outdoors to inspect them for corrosion.
during a routine safety check of an outdoor climbing wall, a Topper was found in which a crack caused by corrosion was visible on one of the two hook flanges (see illustration).
A Topper Station with a completely severed flange has a strength of 16 kN (new condition 20 kN), so there is no risk. We assume that the problem was caused by a highly corrosive environment. An independent report to fully resolve the problem is currently being prepared.
In order to rule out any danger for climbers on Topper top-anchors, EDELRID therefore calls on safety officers to check any Topper, Topper Station and Topper Station Refit used outdoors for evidence of corrosion, in particular hairline cracks.
This precautionary call does not affect Topper top-anchors which are installed indoors.
This Precautionary Call for Safety Check affects the Topper, Topper Station and Topper Station Refit.
Additionally, we request that you report the quantities of Topper, Topper Station and Topper Station Refit used in outdoor areas to email@example.com. For this purpose, please use the following form.
Since the development of the Topper family, the EN 959 standard for anchors in climbing and mountaineering has been updated to classify the steel alloys used for anchor points into the classes "indoor only", "outdoor" and "highly corrosive outdoor".
According to the current standard, the steel used for the hook flanges of the Topper is classified in the category "indoor only".
EDELRID is therefore preparing an outdoor version of the above-mentioned products and will offer a free replacement for all products installed outdoors.
Products installed indoors are not affected by this Precautionary Call for Safety Check.