Often times it is the little things that make all the difference when alpine climbing and the Scorpio V-Threader is one of them. For years I have used flexible cable threaders thinking nothing of it. That was until recently when I found myself at the top of a three-pitch ice climb with a cable threader whose hook had been bent so many times that when I went to pull the cord through the hole to set up a rappel the hook snapped. While I wasted time trying a variety of fixes the sun came around the buttress and started to melt the ice leaving me drenched. I had no other option but to leave screws on the climb in order to descended. I swore to never carry a flimsy v-threader again. The rigidity of the Scorpio V-Threader also has another big advantage; if the second is too pumped or tired to clean the ice out of a screw you can use the Scorpio at the belay to clear the plug. In a pinch I have also used the Scorpio V-Threader to help get stuck cams out on alpine climbs. I will never leave the ground without one again. **Fabrizio Zangrilli is a CAMP sponsored athlete who tests the gear over hundreds of miles of technical climbing each year, then provides feedback for improvements or endorsements. This is one of many pieces of CAMP gear that have passed his test. Learn more about Fabrizio by visiting the athletes section at CAMP-USA.com.