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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Petzl Mobile Pulley
    $24.95
    Ultra lightweight compact pulley designed for a variety of uses. Learn More
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Petzl Minder Pulley
    $64.95
    High-strength pulley designed for rescue professionals to set up progress capture systems. Learn More
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Edelrid Mega Jul
    $35.95
    Our most versatile belay and abseil device made of solid stainless steel for durability. Learn More
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Petzl Fixe Pulley
    $24.95
    Versatile, compact pulley for quick installation onto the rope. Learn More
  22. GriGri 2 Assisted Braking Belay Device
    $99.95
    The GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking is designed to facilitate belay maneuvers. Learn More
  23. Petzl Huit
    $19.95
    Figure 8 descender, compact and lightweight. Square shape helps reduce rope twist. Learn More
  24. 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
  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. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. CMC Rescue MPD 13mm Front
    $735.00
    The CMC Rescue MPD allows you to go from lowering to raising without changing hardware. Learn More
  35. 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
  36. 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

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