Caving Gear Image

Pulleys, Pulley-jammers, Knives

Whether for progress, hauling, or rescue, some sort of pulley has its place in the kit of most cavers. A knife is invaluable for many emergency scenarios.

Petzl Fixe 
£17.40

Petzl Fixe

Simple, sturdy, fix cheeked pulley for hauling, simple tyroleans, and self rescue. Carry one of these and two oval krabs with your basic SRT rig, and it is possible to create an effective pulley jammer system (as long as you know how to make it in the first place). Simple bearing, so not as low friction as bigger models. However, it is small enough to carry unnoticed, until it is needed. Also works in conjunction with a Mini - or Pro traxion to make a very effective 2:1 hauling system. Note that the Fixe works well with the *pre* 2013 Basic jammer to make a pulley-jammer, but not with the 2013 "new" model Basic. However, it can still function well as part of a 3:1 Z rig if a separate pulley-jammer or Traxion assembly is also available.It also works in the traditional way with the CT Simple hand ascender. Requires an oval krab such as the Axxis for greatest effectiveness.
Petzl Partner 
£28.50

Petzl Partner

Compact and efficient swing cheeked pulley for hauling, simple tyroleans, and self rescue. Carry one of these and two oval krabs with your basic SRT rig, and it is possible to create an effective pulley jammer system (as long as you know how to make it in the first place). Note that if you have the 2013 model Basic jammer, this is the appropriate kit to use with it to make a pulley-jammer, rather than the Fixe. Sealed ball bearings, so it has much of the efficiency of the bigger models (quoted as 91%). It is smaller than the Fixe too, small enough to carry unnoticed, until it is needed. Also works in conjunction with a Mini - or Pro traxion to make a very effective 2:1 hauling system, or a 3:1 Z rig. Requires an oval krab such as the Axxis for greatest effectiveness.
Petzl Tandem Cable 
£44.00

Petzl Tandem Cable

The Tandem Cable has two pulleys inline, for much greater stability when used to slide along fixed ropes or cables. We stock this item especially for those undertaking the Croesor - Rosydd through trip, and cavers going abroad who may be playing om via ferratta. Note that whereas the Tandem Cable pulley works equally well on fixed cables or ropes, the cheaper Tandem pulley is fine on rope, but will wear horribly quickly in contact with cable..That is why we only stock this option, we think it is much more versatile.
Petzl Micro Traxion 
£60.00

Petzl Micro Traxion

Very compact and light multi-purpose pulley-jammer. Weighing 85g and with side dimensions less than a bank card, the Micro Traxion functions as a pulley, a pulley jammer combination, and an improvised hand ascender. The pulley is a sealed bearing, which makes it resistant to mud, grit, and ice; and makes it much more efficient than its size would imply. It rates as more efficient than the larger Mini Traxion, and a little less efficient than the Pro Traxion - a much bigger, heftier object intended for quite a different purpose. The Micro Traxion seems most appropriate for occasional and emergency usage. It will work very well for expedition use, and for those cavers who have a responsibility for others on a regular basis, but who do not need the Pro Traxion. Its weight, versatility and efficiency make it deserve to gain a wide following among vertical cavers as well as Alpinists.
Petzl Pro Traxion 
£85.00

Petzl Pro Traxion

A larger, heavier, but more easily operated integrated pulley jammer than the Micro traxion. More effective low friction bearings, and the sides swing apart more easily when required. Designed for more serious rescue hauling, it is frequently used by rescue teams and professional cavers. Not generally an item of personal kit, but taking a pair away on a trip abroad, putting them in a bag with spare ropes and a couple of bolt kits - and having a plan!- is a step towards being able to make an effective initial response to a casualty in a cave...injuries and other circumstances permitting. Use your common sense! Don't sue me if you choose to haul a spinal injury in their harness... This kit requires an oval krab, two are more useful.Add a Fixe pulley for the makings of the effective 2:1 haul system. NOTE: as with the Micro traxion, the place to learn how to use this is not underground. Especially, how to release it while your mate is stuck under a waterfall. Practice - like any tool...
Petzl Spatha II knife 
£19.20

Petzl Spatha II knife

Petzl Spatha II folding lock knife. Compact and solid handle, the sharp serrated blade is well suited for rope cutting and the version II has a hole in the blade to facilitate one handed opening. The large hole in the main body is ideal for clipping in to an oval karabiner. The blade and body are both stainless. This is a significant improvement on the first version Spatha, BUT it is important to note that the fixed blade is not something to carry around town - it is an appropriate general purpose tool for caving, outdoors and expeditionary work. It is NOT something to have on your person without good reason!
Blizzard Survival Blanket 
£18.00

Blizzard Survival Blanket

Very effective and pretty durable reflective plus high lofting and breathable material, to make a blanket. Can be wrapped around a casualty and also held in place by PVC tape if this is carried. Much warmer than a standard survival bag, although bigger and heavier. Incidentally, a good way to stop your belayer getting hypothermic in the course of a protracted bolt climb...
Hexamine stove 
£3.50

Hexamine stove

Hexamine stove. Basically, the military solid fuel cooker as used with ration packs for donkeys' years. Utterly robust, comes in its own burner / pot stand. Burns in most conditions which are not outright windy, and using solid fuel means that you can easily see how much burn capacity you have left. Will not flare (although it burns with a big flame)or otherwise misbehave if you put it in a tackle bag and treat it roughly. But - not for use in enclosed spaces! This means not in a tent, or some small draughtless passage that you're digging - use common sense.Big passages, underground camps (intended or emergency)or brewing up while someone rigs that 250m pitch - useful for all these things. For obvious reasons, this is not for posting!
Daren Drum small 
£12.50

Daren Drum small

Daren Drum, small, 3.6l capacity. Strong, waterproof (but not diveable) and versatile container. Round section, screw top lid with basic O ring. Suitable for protecting emergency equipment, first aid kits, general underground camping gear etc etc. A Blizzard blanket will fit in one of these drums. Named after their initial use in British caving in the wondrous Daren Cilau, where the prolonged and thrutchy entrance series caused a demand for some means to get camping kit into the far reaches in a useable condition. This one is c. 19cm across the base, with an opening of just over 13cm. It will fit easily into the following bags: Beast Junior (two), Beast Daddy (three easily), AV 30l bag (four, easily)
Daren Drum standard 
£14.50

Daren Drum standard

Daren Drum, standard, 6l capacity. Strong, waterproof (but not diveable) and versatile container. Round section, screw top lid with basic O ring. Suitable for protecting emergency equipment, first aid kits, general underground camping gear etc etc. A Blizzard bag or large blanket will stand up in one of these drums. Named after their initial use in British caving in the wondrous Daren Cilau, where the prolonged and thrutchy entrance series caused a demand for some means to get camping kit into the far reaches in a useable condition. This one is c. 19cm across the base and 26.5cm high, with an opening of just over 13cm. It will fit easily into the following bags: Beast Junior (only one), Beast Daddy (two), AV 30l bag (two, plus a small drum)



Greencroft,Hospital Road,Scorton,Richmond, North Yorkshire. DL10 6DT

VAT NO : 944 5403 23

Copyright © 2014 Starless River  :   Web Development by ClearRight

WE USE COOKIES!

Accept and Close

More Information