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. CMC Rescue MPD 13mm Front
    $735.00
    The CMC Rescue MPD allows you to go from lowering to raising without changing hardware. Learn More
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. GriGri 2 Assisted Braking Belay Device
    $99.95
    The GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking is designed to facilitate belay maneuvers. Learn More
  11. Petzl ASAP Fall Arrest Device
    $239.95
    Petzl ASAP Fall Arrest Device, In normal use, the device moves freely along the rope without any manual intervention and accompanies the user in all his movements. Learn More
  12. 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

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