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Storrick Whaletail

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Technical Details

I acquired my Storrick Whaletail from Robert W. Storrick in about 1978.

My Storrick Whaletail is 280 mm. tall, 72 mm. wide, 25 mm. thick, and weighs 710 g. It is milled from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. It has five slots forming six bars. Two milled aluminum safety gates attach by bolts fitted through the whaletail at the second and fifth bars. Each gate is secured by a washer and a wing nut. There is a 20.7 mm. diameter eye at each end.

Comments

Neil Montgomery described the Spelean whaletail in Nylon Highway #7, and included a drawing with dimensions. I converted the dimensions from millimeters to inches, and had this whaletail made. Although it is heavy, I've used it caving a number of times, and it has worked well. (It also works for driving tent stakes.)