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Belay devices are amongst the most important pieces of climbing equipment and also one of the first things new climbers tend to buy, so it pays to take some time and make the right choice. Standard two-hole devices like the Petzl Reverso 3 and Black Diamond ATC allow you to belay and abseil off single and double ropes. They're light and versatile, and equally good for sports or trad climbing, or even ice. Every climber should have one.
Figure 8 descenders are more for rappelling than belaying but if you're making a long descent on a hot day the extra metal on a fig 8 will disperse heat better than a smaller ATC-style belay device. They do have a tendency to twist ropes though. For big walling and rescue applications it might not be just about getting your body safety up to the top of a route. You might need to haul heavy gear (or a heavy person) behind you. Sometimes you might also want to ascend a single rope rather than a rock face, and for this we recommend Petzl Ascenders. A pair of left and right Ascensions will make the job just about as efficient as it can be. Pulleys can also be really useful when hauling, and again, Petzl make what are probably the best on the market today.

Belay/Rappel/Haul

Narrow Category:  Ascenders / Hauling | Belay/Rappel Devices
Belay devices are amongst the most important pieces of climbing equipment and also one of the first things new climbers tend to buy, so it pays to take some time and make the right choice. Standard two-hole devices like the Petzl Reverso 3 and Black Diamond ATC allow you to belay and abseil off single and double ropes. They're light and versatile, and equally good for sports or trad climbing, or even ice. Every climber should have one.
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Petzl America Croll Chest Ascender B16 (Petzl America)
Petzl America UltraLegere Pulley Wheel P00A (Petzl America)
Black Diamond Equipment Big Air XP Package 620059 (Black Diamond Equipment)
Petzl America Mini Prusik Minding Pulley P59A (Petzl America)
Petzl America Croll Chest Ascender
B16
Petzl America UltraLegere Pulley Wheel
P00A
Black Diamond Equipment Big Air XP Package
620059
Petzl America Mini Prusik Minding Pulley
P59A
$68.95
 
Petzl America Croll Chest Ascender B16 (Petzl America)
$4.95
 
Petzl America UltraLegere Pulley Wheel P00A (Petzl America)
$29.95
 
Black Diamond Equipment Big Air XP Package 620059 (Black Diamond Equipment)
$55.95
 
Petzl America Mini Prusik Minding Pulley P59A (Petzl America)
Black Diamond Equipment Big Air Package 620053 (Black Diamond Equipment)
Petzl America Grigri 2 Belay Device D142 (Petzl America)
Petzl America Micro Traxion Pulley P53 (Petzl America)
Petzl America Ascension Ascender B17S (Petzl America)
Black Diamond Equipment Big Air Package
620053
Petzl America Grigri 2 Belay Device
D142
Petzl America Micro Traxion Pulley
P53
Petzl America Ascension Ascender
B17S
$26.95
 
Black Diamond Equipment Big Air Package 620053 (Black Diamond Equipment)
$99.95
 
Petzl America Grigri 2 Belay Device D142 (Petzl America)
$99.95
 
Petzl America Micro Traxion Pulley P53 (Petzl America)
$79.95
 
Petzl America Ascension Ascender B17S (Petzl America)
Petzl America PIRANA Descender D05 (Petzl America)
Black Diamond Equipment Nforce Rope Ascender Left 620002 (Black Diamond Equipment)
Black Diamond Equipment ATC Belay Device 620045 (Black Diamond Equipment)
Omega Pacific Rappel Ring 433748 (Omega Pacific)
Petzl America PIRANA Descender
D05
Black Diamond Equipment Nforce Rope Ascender Left
620002
Black Diamond Equipment ATC Belay Device
620045
Omega Pacific Rappel Ring
433748
$37.95
 
Petzl America PIRANA Descender D05 (Petzl America)
$79.95
 
Black Diamond Equipment Nforce Rope Ascender Left 620002 (Black Diamond Equipment)
$16.95
 
Black Diamond Equipment ATC Belay Device 620045 (Black Diamond Equipment)
$5.50
 
Omega Pacific Rappel Ring 433748 (Omega Pacific)
Black Diamond Equipment ATC-XP 620049 (Black Diamond Equipment)
Petzl America Reverso 4 Belay Device D17_4 (Petzl America)
Black Diamond Equipment ATC Guide Belay/Rappel Device 620055 (Black Diamond Equipment)
Petzl America Tibloc Rope Clamp/grab B01 (Petzl America)
Black Diamond Equipment ATC-XP
620049
Petzl America Reverso 4 Belay Device
D17_4
Black Diamond Equipment ATC Guide Belay/Rappel Device
620055
Petzl America Tibloc Rope Clamp/grab
B01
$19.95
 
Black Diamond Equipment ATC-XP 620049 (Black Diamond Equipment)
$32.95
 
Petzl America Reverso 4 Belay Device D17_4 (Petzl America)
$29.95
 
Black Diamond Equipment ATC Guide Belay/Rappel Device 620055 (Black Diamond Equipment)
$32.95
 
Petzl America Tibloc Rope Clamp/grab B01 (Petzl America)
Great Trango Holdings Cinch Belay Device 28621 (Great Trango Holdings)
Petzl America Huit Figure 8 Descender D01 (Petzl America)
Black Diamond Equipment Nforce Rope Ascender Right 620001 (Black Diamond Equipment)
Petzl America Pro Traxion P51A (Petzl America)
Great Trango Holdings Cinch Belay Device
28621
Petzl America Huit Figure 8 Descender
D01
Black Diamond Equipment Nforce Rope Ascender Right
620001
Petzl America Pro Traxion
P51A
$85.95
 
Great Trango Holdings Cinch Belay Device 28621 (Great Trango Holdings)
$22.00
 
Petzl America Huit Figure 8 Descender D01 (Petzl America)
$79.95
 
Black Diamond Equipment Nforce Rope Ascender Right 620001 (Black Diamond Equipment)
$134.95
 
Petzl America Pro Traxion P51A (Petzl America)
Petzl America Gemini Double Pulley P66A (Petzl America)
 
Petzl America Gemini Double Pulley
P66A
 
$98.95
 
Petzl America Gemini Double Pulley P66A (Petzl America)
 

Figure 8 descenders are more for rappelling than belaying but if you're making a long descent on a hot day the extra metal on a fig 8 will disperse heat better than a smaller ATC-style belay device. They do have a tendency to twist ropes though. For big walling and rescue applications it might not be just about getting your body safety up to the top of a route. You might need to haul heavy gear (or a heavy person) behind you. Sometimes you might also want to ascend a single rope rather than a rock face, and for this we recommend Petzl Ascenders. A pair of left and right Ascensions will make the job just about as efficient as it can be. Pulleys can also be really useful when hauling, and again, Petzl make what are probably the best on the market today.