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. GriGri 2 Assisted Braking Belay Device
    $99.95
    The GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking is designed to facilitate belay maneuvers. Learn More
  2. Petzl Fixe Pulley
    $24.95
    Versatile, compact pulley for quick installation onto the rope. Learn More
  3. Petzl Huit
    $19.95
    Figure 8 descender, compact and lightweight. Square shape helps reduce rope twist. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Edelrid Jul2
    $29.95
    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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Edelrid Mega Jul Belay Kit
    $49.95
    The Mega Jul Belay Kit with our Mega Jul belay device and the HMS Strike FG Carabiner. Learn More
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Rock Exotica rockStar 3-D Climbing Rig Plate
    $111.00
    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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