BELAY DEVICES

Figure8We feature the ‘best of all’ belay devices and descenders 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. TRUBLUE 2 AUTO BELAY - The Best!
    $2,195.00
    An auto belay is an automatic belay device that eliminates the need for a human belayer. In the case of the Head Rush TRUBLUE Auto Belay, it uses Head Rush's patented self-regulating braking system, which is enabled by non-contacting magnetic braking technology. Learn More
  2. quickJUMP Free Fall Device
    $2,995.00
    The Head Rush quickJUMP Free Fall Device gives riders the sensation of a “free fall” while comfortably lowering them to the ground. Learn More
  3. A.L.F. AUTO BELAY/LOCKING PULLEY
    $429.00
    This innovative, all-in-one Pulley/Auto belay for fall protection is lightweight and easy to use. Auto belay pulley Locks in either direction (right or left) while climbing up or down. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Rock Exotica RockGrap Rope Ascender
    $71.50
    The Rock Exotica RockGrap Rope Ascender body is milled along the side to remove unnecessary material, making it one of the lightest rope grabs available. Learn More
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Rock Exotica "The Bolt" Climbing Rig Plate
    $114.00
    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
  10. 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
  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 Mobile Pulley
    $24.95
    Ultra lightweight compact pulley designed for a variety of uses. Learn More
  13. 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
  14. Petzl Huit
    $19.95
    Figure 8 descender, compact and lightweight. Square shape helps reduce rope twist. Learn More
  15. Edelrid Micro Jul
    $34.95
    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. 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. 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
  18. Edelrid Mega Jul
    $34.95
    Our most versatile belay and abseil device made of solid stainless steel for durability. Learn More
  19. 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
  20. Petzl Fixe Pulley
    $24.95
    Versatile, compact pulley for quick installation onto the rope. Learn More
  21. AustriAlpin ropeX Figure 8
    $51.00
    A specially formed figure-8, designed and developed together with Mark daCosta & Axel Manz, for canyoning and rope rescue for guides. Learn More
  22. 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
  23. Rope Belay Spool
    $75.00
    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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. ABC 8 Figure 8 Rappel Device
    $10.95
    Figure 8 descenders are considered "fixed" friction descenders. This device is also useful as a stitch plate, threading a bight of the rope through the bottom hole and clipping into it with a carabiner, one can belay their partner while climbing. Learn More
  28. CMC Rescue 8 Belay Device
    $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
  29. CMC Survivor 8- Micro Descender- Rappel Device
    $27.00
    This very small Figure 8, Micro 8 descender works well with Escape Lines or other small diameter ropes where minimum size and weight are the primary requirements. The rounded edges reduce sharp bends. The large carabiner hole accepts a wide variety of carabiners and helps prevent binding. 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. 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
  32. Rappel 8- CMC Rescue
    $67.00
    Just right for SWAT teams, climbers, cavers, and sport rappelers, the slightly more compact design of the Rappel 8 offers superb control on smaller rope. Learn More
  33. 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
  34. ABC ARC ATC Rappel and Belay Device
    $15.00
    GREAT ECONOMICAL BELAY DEVICE. If you are looking for a good ATC style belay device, this is it: The ABC ARC. 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
  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. KONG HYDROBOT Rappel/Belay Devices
    $41.95
    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

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