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Camp Turbofoot
(#1984/1985, 2108/2109)

Left, Front Right, Rear
Left, Front Right, Front
Left, Rear Right, Front
Left, Rear Right, Rear
Left: Close-up
Left: Close-up

Technical Details

Cam faceI acquired my left and right Camp Turbofoot ascenders from Expé-Spelemat in 2014. I acquired another one of each in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun’s collection.

The Camp Turbofoot is 66 mm. tall, 69 mm. wide, 25 mm. thick, and weighs 97 g. bare and 133 g. including the supplied harness. The body is stamped from aluminum alloy. Two slots at the bottom and two at the rear provide secure attachment for the supplied harness, and a slot at the front holds the ascender against the foot. A separate stamping helps form the rope channel. The rope channel is 15 mm. wide, and has two rollers to reduce friction. Each roller is riveted between the body and the rope channel stamping. The rollers are 12.5 mm. long, 13.7 mm. diameter, and have a turned U-groove that give the rollers an 8.5 mm. minor diameter.

The cam is cast steel. The cam radius increases from 37 to 55 mm. over an angle of 42°, giving a 28° cam angle. The tooth pattern is (3.4.2)(1H1.2)^3(3.2). A small projection on the top of the cam provides a thumb tab, and the upper surface is grooved. A small pin on the shell limits how far the cam can open.

The Turbofoot comes with a harness made from 20.5x1.5 mm. webbing gray webbing. One piece of webbing circles the ankle, another goes under the instep. A two-piece buckle allows for adjusting the strap around the ankle. The strap under the foot is adjusted at the ascender. A piece of tubular webbing under the foot protects the gray harness webbing.

The outside of the rope channel is stamped with the Camp safety logo, "TURBOFOOT," and "L" (on the left ascender; "R" on the right). The rear is printed with "MADE IN ITALY," "REF 2259," (on the left ascender;"REF 2258" on the right), "Patent Pending," "3 14 0182" (on the left ascender, it is "1 14 0096" on the right), "¢¤8≤ø≤13," a book-with-an-"i" icon, and "Max 150 Kg."


Foot ascenders such as this don't fit into the climbing systems that I commonly use, although I have met froggers that seem to like them. The Turbofoot is nicely made, and if you take time to learn it, it should work well.