BELAY DEVICES

Figure8We feature the ‘best of all’ belay devices, descenders, and figure 8's from Petzl, Edelweis, CMI, Kong, CMC Rescue, and ABC. These are the products we use and recommend to our clients. 

Belay Devices and Descenders are essentially friction brakes. They are indispensable for controlling the rope, whether one is descending, stopping a fall, or protecting a move.  Devices can be used on single ropes (one strand for rappelling or belaying), as well as on double ropes (two strands for rappelling or belaying). 

"A belay device should be simple and easy to use. The rope should run smoothly through the device so your attention is always on the climber, not on tangled or twisted rope. There are dozens of belay devices on the market. Some are simple friction devices, like stitch plates, tubes, or figure 8's that have no moving parts. An alternative is an automatic belay device that works on a camming principle. Stitch (or belay) plates are flat pieces of metal with holes for one or two bights of rope. Usually the openings are two different sizes. Plates are easy to use, but they aren't smooth rope handlers. Tubes are a modern reincarnation of the traditional belay plate. They have two equal sized holes, so you can switch from single to double rope belays with ease."

By Nancy Prichard

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  1. CMI Rescue Rack Rappelling Rack Descender1
    $93.95
    We chose stainless steel over aluminum because of its "wearever" qualities. In order to compensate for the reduced friction inherent in stainless bars, we increased the radius of the friction surface to a full 1/2". Learn More
  2. Petzl Simple Descender1
    $69.95
    Petzl Simple Descender, The hand holding the free end of the rope is used to control or stop the descent. In narrow pitches, the Simple Descender has the advantage of being able to follow along the rope on its own, without manipulation. It is for use with ropes from 9 to 12 mm. Learn More
  3. KONG HYDROBOT Rappel/Belay Devices
    $49.00
    Hydrobot is a new tool conceived for Hydrobot is a new tool conceived for modern canyoning; can be used both with one or two ropes and it allows an easy changement of the braking under load. Learn More
  4. Traverse 540° Rescue Belay
    $509.00
    Developed specifically to meet the needs of rescue system belays, the 540° Rescue Belay is a self-locking device that meets demanding drop-test criteria - able to hold falling loads quickly while limiting the peak force. Learn More
  5. RIG - Compact self-braking descender
    $199.95
    Compact self-braking descender, Lock off and work with minimum gear to tangle. The Petzl Rig is a proven performer for the zip line and ropes course construction industry. Learn More
  6. CMI Rescue 8 Ring - Rescue Figure 8 - Large Figure 8
    $50.00
    The original all around Rescue 8! Handles multiple carabiners, large ropes, anti-lock ears, and duel clip in holes. Learn More
  7. CMC Rescue Rappel 8
    $67.00
    Just right for SWAT teams, climbers, cavers, and sport rappelers, the slightly more compact design of the CMC Rappel 8 offers superb control on smaller rope. Learn More
  8. Ballet 8- Mini Rescue 8
    $15.35
    The Ballet 8 is one of the smallest and strongest mini 8's available. Equipped with Ears, it will serve as a rescue 8, personal escape device, or a regular rappel 8. Learn More
  9. Hyper Rack Rappelling Descender Rack
    $69.00
    Our HyperBars, a solid anodized aluminum bar with a single lock-off pin, allow for easier and safer lock offs. The HyperRack includes a single HyperBar. Learn More
  10. CMC Rescue MPD 13mm Front
    $735.00
    The CMC Rescue MPD allows you to go from lowering to raising without changing hardware. Learn More
  11. Petzl I'D Belay Device Descender3
    $269.95
    The Petzl ID is a self-braking descender with an anti-panic function built in. Learn More
  12. Sport Rack - Rappelling Descender
    $100.00
    CMI Sport Racks are formed from 5/16" diameter stainless steel and are fitted with oversize stainless steel bars. We chose stainless steel over aluminum because of its "wearever" qualities. Learn More
  13. Petzl Rack Brake Bar Descender
    $109.95
    Petzl Rack Brake Bar Descender, The design and configuration of the bars makes it easy to set up and insert the rope. Compact and lightweight, the device allows the user to adjust the amount of friction during the descent to adapt to changing conditions Learn More
  14. Petzl Pirana Descender1
    $39.95
    The PIRANA descender offers multiple braking options and can be installed on the rope without removing it from the harness. Designed for use with canyoning descent techniques. Learn More
  15. Petzl Stop Descender Rappel Device
    $169.95
    Originally designed for single rope descents in caving, the Stop has become a standard tool for the rope access worker. The Stop is designed to automatically "stop" the descent when the red handle is not depressed. Learn More
  16. Petzl ASAP Fall Arrest Device
    $239.95
    Petzl ASAP Fall Arrest Device, In normal use, the device moves freely along the rope without any manual intervention and accompanies the user in all his movements. Learn More
  17. Omega Pacific Figure 8 Belay/Rappel Device
    $13.95
    The Figure 8 by Omega Pacific remains a popular device for their simplicity, durability and dependability. Learn More
  18. Cypher ARC Rappel and Belay Device Matte Black
    $14.49
    GREAT ECONOMICAL BELAY DEVICE. If you are looking for a good ATC style belay device, this is it: Cypher ARC Rappel and Belay Device. Crafted from high-density aircraft-grade aluminum, the ARC is engineered to keep your rope running smoothly through the device for quick payouts and long rappels. Learn More
  19. Rope Belay Spool
    $85.95
    This manual rescue belay can be used as a self belay or with a belayer. The side plates and drum are made from heat treated 6061 T6 Aluminum while the two stainless steel pins keep the rope seperated as it is reaved around the drum. Drum is Aircraft Hard Anodized for extended wear which cost more but makes for a superior product. Learn More
  20. Hyper Rack Extreme Rappelling Descender1
    $104.00
    The handy alternative for shorter drops or lighter loads. To reduce weight, the rack is drawn from 5/16" stainless steel, and the solid bars are formed from anodized aluminum. Learn More
  21. CMC Survivor Mini 8 Front
    $27.00
    CMC Survivor Mini 8 descender works well with Escape Lines or other small diameter ropes where minimum size and weight are the primary requirementsng. Learn More
  22. CMC Rescue Escape Artist
    $149.00
    The Escape Artist is intended to be pre-rigged on an escape line, and kept ready for immediate use. Learn More
  23. Mini Rack Rappelling Descender
    $58.00
    The handy alternative for shorter drops or lighter loads. To reduce weight, the rack is drawn from 5/16" stainless steel, and the solid bars are formed from anodized aluminum. Learn More
  24. Air Belay- ATC Belay Device
    $12.50
    The great basic tuber style belay device. Great for climbing racks, ropes challenge course facilitators, climbing sites and ropes course sheds. Well made and long lasting. Learn More
  25. Petzl Twin Pulley
    $119.95
    High-strength double pulley designed for rescue professionals to set up progress capture systems of high mechanical advantage. Learn More
  26. Petzl Pro Traxion
    $144.95
    The PRO TRAXION progress capture pulley is designed to allow rope installation while the pulley is connected to the anchor. With its large diameter sheave and great efficiency, it is particularly appropriate for hauling heavy loads. Learn More
  27. Edelrid Jul2
    $32.95
    Innovative belay device with high braking performance for single ropes. The optimized Mega Jul geometry ensures easy and secure belaying even with thicker ropes. Learn More
  28. Petzl Pro Pulley
    $74.95
    Openable even when attached to the anchor, the PRO pulley is designed for maximum simplicity when setting up hauling or load deviation systems. Learn More
  29. Fusion Big Foot1
    $16.95
    Fusion Big Foot, Large 5 Hole Rigging Plate that allows easy rigging setups for a variety of big wall anchors and rescue and lowering setups Learn More
  30. Edelrid Mega Jul Belay Kit
    $64.95
    The Mega Jul Belay Kit with our Mega Jul belay device and the HMS Strike FG Carabiner. Learn More
  31. Petzl Looping
    $54.95
    Four-step etrier that attaches to an ASCENSION rope clamp for rope ascents or directly onto an anchor for progression in overhangs or roofs. Learn More
  32. Rock Exotica Unicender Climbing Ascend
    $309.00
    Rock Exotica Unicender Climbing Ascender/Descender, Since its inception in 2005, the Unicender Ascender/Desender has been the most flexible tool for tree climbing (Arborist) and spelunking. Learn More
  33. CMC Rescue 8 Belay Device Aluminum Front
    $73.00
    The classic CMC Rescue 8 has been refined for even better performance with the current selection of rescue rope sizes from 7/16 to 5/8 inch. Learn More
  34. Fusion Terminal Figure 8
    $24.95
    This aluminum descender has a large inside diameter with ears and belay slots. Large design makes it ideal for fast use in adverse conditions and easier to handle heavy loads. Ears allow user the ability to tie off the rope to use both hands freely. Learn More
  35. Petzl Catch
    $4.95
    Catch for PANTIN foot ascender, helps to keep the rope in the device during rope ascents. It is available for PANTIN in right- and left-foot versions. Learn More
  36. Rock Exotica rockStar 3-D Climbing Rig Plate
    $112.00
    Rock Exotica rockStar 3-D Climbing Rig Plate, Now professional climbers have the ability to connect multiple lines from several dimensions to create a floating anchor that before the release of our first 3D rig plate, was cumbersome and complex. Learn More

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