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. Fusion Little Foot4
    $14.95
    Fusion Little Foot, Small four hole rigging plate gives you an ultra small and light way to set up complex anchor and rescue systems. MBS 30kN. Learn More
  2. Edelrid Micro Jul
    $35.95
    A compact, ultra-light belay and abseil device for half ropes and twin ropes. The only suitable device for use with the Flycatcher 6.9 mm. Learn More
  3. Petzl Secur
    $37.95
    SECUR shoulder straps position the CROLL chest rope clamp and attach to AVAO SIT, FALCON, FALCON ASCENT and SEQUOIA SRT harnesses. Learn More
  4. Petzl Paw Rigging Plate
    $29.95
    Petzl Paw Rigging Plate, Coming in three sizes for different set ups the PAW provides strong and lightweight organization for your rope set up. Learn More
  5. Edelrid Mega Jul
    $35.95
    Our most versatile belay and abseil device made of solid stainless steel for durability. Learn More
  6. Petzl Footcord
    $39.95
    The adjustable FOOTCORD foot loop is used with an ASCENSION or BASIC rope clamp for rope ascents. Its 100 % Dyneema® construction increases durability. Learn More
  7. Rock Exotica "The Bolt" Climbing Rig Plate
    $115.00
    Rock Exotica "The Bolt" Climbing Rig Plate uses a quick-detachable stainless steel rod, or ‘bolt’, that allows you to connect your gear directly to the five connection points without using carabiners. Learn More
  8. GriGri 2 Assisted Braking Belay Device
    $99.95
    The GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking is designed to facilitate belay maneuvers. Learn More
  9. Petzl Fixe Pulley
    $24.95
    Versatile, compact pulley for quick installation onto the rope. Learn More
  10. Petzl Huit
    $19.95
    Figure 8 descender, compact and lightweight. Square shape helps reduce rope twist. Learn More
  11. AustriAlpin Special Figure 8 Yellow
    $16.00
    Specially formed anodized figure-8 especially for double ropes and wet surroundings. Like Mountain or Ice Climbing, or belaying into a cave. Learn More
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Petzl Mobile Pulley
    $24.95
    Ultra lightweight compact pulley designed for a variety of uses. Learn More
  25. Petzl Micro Traxion
    $124.95
    MICRO TRAXION is an ultra-compact, extremely light progress capture pulley that is exceptionally efficient. The cam can be locked in open position so the device can be used as a simple pulley. Learn More
  26. Edelrid Eddy Belay
    $129.95
    Easy-to-operate semi-automatic belay device with assisted braking and maximum safety for sport and indoor climbing. Learn More
  27. Petzl Minder Pulley
    $64.95
    High-strength pulley designed for rescue professionals to set up progress capture systems. Learn More
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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

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