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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Petzl Mobile Pulley
    $24.95
    Ultra lightweight compact pulley designed for a variety of uses. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Petzl Minder Pulley
    $64.95
    High-strength pulley designed for rescue professionals to set up progress capture systems. Learn More
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Edelrid Mega Jul
    $35.95
    Our most versatile belay and abseil device made of solid stainless steel for durability. Learn More
  15. 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

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