It didn’t take me very long to bring my “hook” into climbing action. Here are my very first attempts:
I had to make the elbow strap tighter after my arm slipped out of the prosthesis the first time, so I was actually relying a lot on the elbow strap while climbing. Except for one slip, the hook also stayed quite well in position. Taking it out of the holds (and also placing it in them) needs still a bit of fine tuning. At first, I was a bit hesitant to let almost my whole body weight hang on it, but I’m carefully getting used to it. I judge the risk of injury to be still a bit higher than climbing without the hook.
However, I’m super excited about how easy the hook makes the steep overhang feel! A bit of taste how it might be to climb with two hands… I was not yet able to climb this route without the hook (though I actually climbed it with the hook on the first day it was set), and even if I manage, I imagine, it will be 10 times more exhausting.
All this makes me want to climb more overhangs with the hook! And maybe try it on ice-climbing in the winter!
Finally, I want to thank René-Paul Eustache for inspiring me to also get a trianing/climbing (?) prosthesis! And of course, the team at Hempel (particularly Karsten Müller), who made it a reality.