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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, 50m Length 
£120.00

Beal Joker Dynamic 9.1mm, 50m Length

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 Blue.
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.
Petzl M8 Bolt Driver 
£25.20

Petzl M8 Bolt Driver

Light and compact tool for hand driving the 8mm self drill anchor. All steel, with a folding, long grip handle to facilitate turning the driver while placing the bolt. If bolt 'binds up' the handle may be struck gently, to free it up. Wrist loop to allow clipping in, and to reduce the chance of loss. Replaceable tip may be purchased separately if the thread strips. Weight 280g
Raumer M8 Bolt Driver 
£31.80

Raumer M8 Bolt Driver

M8 Raumer Stroker, driver for M8 bolts. Padded, protective and comfortable tool for hand driving the 8mm self drill anchor. Durable but soft grip handle to facilitate turning the driver while placing the bolt. Also the rubber flange protects the hand from miss- strikes! Replaceable tip may be purchased separately if the thread strips. Weight 280g
Petzl Rocpec 
£45.00

Petzl Rocpec

Light and compact bolt driver, whose primary use to to provide the option of placing through bolts or similar, by hand. Accepts SDS bits, of various sizes, which may be fitted and removed without the use of specialist tools. While the quickest hand-placed caving anchor probably remains the ‘Spit’, if you are on a long rigging trip and the drill batteries have less power than anticipated, having the Rocpec as a backup might prove a happy choice! Weight 198g, excluding bit.
Raumer Action hammer 
£45.00

Raumer Action hammer

Well made, effective hammer traditionally used in placing M8 and similar bolts. Wrist loop and lanyard hole to prevent dropping, rubber high - grip handle for comfort and shock absorption, plus a decent socket in the end to allow plate hanger 8mm bolts to be screwed in. Has a reasonably heavy head, so can work for light rock demolition.
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...
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 
£33.60

Five Step Etrier

A set of five of the Raumer etrier steps, provided with four metres of pure Dyneema to make a very compact, light, and strong aid to artificial ascents. Often bought in pairs but presented singly here.
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.



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