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Rigging and Aid Climbing

Primarily the kit to place bolts with, and the kit required to reach the places where you want to place bolts! There are no drills on here, but that’s because everyone has their own specific needs and preferences; this section does have the hammers and drivers for more caver-specific uses that won’t be found in good hardware outlets. For the bolts and hangers that you’ll be placing, the caver specific items (again, not the cheap options available in hardwares) are in their own section.

Beal Joker Dynamic 9.1mm, 30m 
£78.00

Beal Joker Dynamic 9.1mm, 30m

Advanced dynamic rope in a length suitable for most lead-climbing projects. The Joker is the original lightweight multi-purpose rope. It is supple and Dry-Treated to reduce water uptake in wet environments, and therefore well suited for projects in caves. Only 52g per metre, but still thick enough to function easily with most belay devices and progress-capture pulleys. Tested to five Factor 2 falls and with a Peak Impact Force of 8.2kN when used as a single rope. Colour Green.
CT Flyweight Evo 
£7.20

CT Flyweight Evo

A hot-forged, very lightweight alloy snaplink which is suitable for use as a running belay when aid climbing. The wire gate is useful in that it copes well with muddy conditions, and its compact size works well with the Raumer Alien climbing hanger. Weight is 25g. Long axis strength is 25KN; gate open, 8KN; and cross loaded strength is 7KN. Gate open aperture is 20mm. Made in Italy. Various colours.
C.T. Flyweight Evo, Pack of Five 
£33.60

C.T. Flyweight Evo, Pack of Five

A hot-forged, very lightweight alloy snaplink which is suitable for use as a running belay when aid climbing. The wire gate is useful in that it copes well with muddy conditions, and its compact size works well with the Raumer Alien climbing hanger. Weight is 25g. Long axis strength is 25KN; gate open, 8KN; and cross loaded strength is 7KN. Gate open aperture is 20mm. Made in Italy. Comes in five colours per pack.
Petzl Sm’D Twistlock 
£16.50

Petzl Sm’D Twistlock

Compact and secure attachment recommended for use with the Connect Adjust, as it is also very quick to open. The Sm’D is a small, alloy, D shaped karabiner, with the now-standard keylock system and a Twistlock closure. It is also of H section to maximise strength to weight ratio. Weight is 53g. Long axis strength is 23KN; minor axis 8KN; gate open 7KN. Gate aperture is 20mm.. Made in France, three year warranty. Conforms with CE EN 12275
Petzl Large Sky Hook 
£15.00

Petzl Large Sky Hook

A very useful part of any bolting kit, as it allows hands-free positioning while placing bolts, expecially for off-line rebelays and deviations. Steel, with nylon - dyneema sling, weight 50g. It takes body weight plus, but isn't for rigging off! It may be used in progression while aid climbing, of course, if one is brave or impatient...
Petzl Coeur Pulse 8mm 
£38.04

Petzl Coeur Pulse 8mm

Temporary 8mm diameter anchor, combining the capacious Coeur hanger plate (alloy) with a stainless quick-place 8mm bolt. Note that this is not a self-drilling anchor! this is a piece of equipment most useful where reducing bulk and weight are at a premium, and where large amounts of aid climbing are expected. Classic occasions would be remote expeditions where the walk-in is long, or flights to the area are necessary (and cheap / nasty through bolts cannot be obtained locally); also for climbing or reconnaissance trips beyond sumps where buoyancy must be managed carefully. Drill requirements are the same as for placing classic M8 through bolts, and the Coeur Pulse teams well with the Raumer M8XL through bolt for intermediate belays and standing rigging. Given unit weight 45g. Pull-out strength *in concrete* 12 kN. Required drilling depth 5cm.
Petzl Connect Adjust 
£34.80

Petzl Connect Adjust

A lanyard with a speedy-length-adjust mechanism. It can adjust smoothly from 15cm to 95cm. This is a great advantage in aid climbing off bolts where height gain with each upwards movement is maximised, as there is little loss. Best used with smaller screwgate karabiners such as the CT Nimble. Note that the Connect Adjust is a positioning device and not an energy absorber, and therefore should not be a link in the safety chain if greater than Factor 1 falls are anticipated.
Raumer Etrier Step 
£4.20

Raumer Etrier Step

Raumer Etrier Step. Light, solid steps that can be assembled with 6mm cord (sold separately)to create etrier steps for aid climbing and bolting. Combines well with the Raumer Stick Up to create an effective lightweight scaling system. Should last a caving career - if you don't leave it in a wet plastic bag for months on end, that is - it's tough, not magical!
Five Step Etrier 
£24.00

Five Step Etrier

A set of five of the Raumer etrier steps, provided with 6mm accessory cord to make a very compact, light, and strong aid to artificial ascents. Set at approximately 24cm spacing per rung. Often bought in pairs but presented singly here.
Raumer Stick Up 
£32.40

Raumer Stick Up

Alloy bar used with etriers (sold separately)to facilitate aid climbing. It allows a significant amount of extra progress to be made with each bolt placed, but is small and light enough to transport easily through a cave. Works up to the vertical, not for steeply overhanging ground. Requires two oval karabiners to fit the clipping in points. Currently out of stock, but coming in with next Raumer order.



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