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Via Ferrata Kit

Helmets, specific length ropes, and the specialised cowstails required to make this excellent 'expedition down time' activity, safe!

Via Ferratas of The French Alps 
£17.00

Via Ferratas of The French Alps

Via Ferratas of The French Alps by Richard Miller. A new for 2014 guidebook to sixty-six routes in areas as diverse as Geneva, Grenoble, Briancon and the Vanoise. The book contains a wide variety of routes from easy to really-quite-tough. The Via Ferrata Guide is in standard guidebook format, essentially pocket sized with a durable soft cover. It is illustrated with colour photographs and maps and has 352 pages. Published by Cicerone. A different sort of challenge for cavers venturing over the Channel!
Camp Rockstar 
£34.50

Camp Rockstar

An old fashioned cradle-fitted helmet, simple yet very suited for our purposes; a useful item for clubs but also. One size fits most, but the Rockstar remains a pretty low-profile piece of kit.It has four side vents and rudimentary headlamp clips (better suited to fixed lamps, or headtorches might need their own clips added) Polypropylene injected shell, various colours available, and with a given weight of 390g.
Petzl Boreo 
£48.90

Petzl Boreo

A well-ventilated, moderate-volume helmet, suitable for climbing and caving. The Boreo is a throughly modern pice of kit, using the hybrid construction of a hard ABS outer shell protecting a dual foam liner. This maximises top and side protection from impact, while giving a good level physical head cover too. Four effective headtorch clips. NB that this helmet WILL NOT accept caving lamps that need screwing in to the body of the helmet, but will work with glue-on torches such as the Pixa, Fenix HL55 and new Duo. Weight 295g. Meets standard EN 12492, and UIAA standards.
Petzl Gym 
£42.00

Petzl Gym

A compact and lightweight, basic climbing harness, very suitable for via ferrata use as it is not padded - but people on VF do not normally intend to hang in their harness for very long, either! One size fits most, with a belt adjustment sizes from 60cm - 101cm. Doubleback buckles on the waist and leg loops allow quick alteration. The high attachment point is reinforced with dyneema and makes it very easy to attach lanyards such as the Petzl Scorpio, correctly. Weight is 390g and colours are as shown, brown and grey. Leg loops are colour coded.
Petzl Vertigo Twistlock 
£17.40

Petzl Vertigo Twistlock

Big alloy krab with a wide gate opening to allow large wires to be clipped easily. The locking mechanism is a major safety asset in big sliding falls, where karabiners can easily be knocked open by impacts against rock, stemples and suchlike. The lock is easily opened one handed. You could also put these karabiners on your caving cowstails; they're fairly chunky, but perhaps reassuringly so. Weight 100g. Major axis strength 25KN; minor axis strength 10KN; open gate strength 8KN. Conforms with EN 362. Made in Italy.
Petzl Vertigo Wire Lock 
£17.40

Petzl Vertigo Wire Lock

Big alloy krab with a wide gate opening to allow large wires to be clipped easily. The locking mechanism is a major safety asset in big sliding falls, where karabiners can easily be knocked open by impacts against rock, stemples and suchlike. The lock is easily opened one handed, and engages automatically (but visually check it anyway!). You could also put these karabiners on your caving cowstails; although you'll want to keep them grit free to keep that mechanism smooth. Weight 97g. Major axis strength 25KN; minor axis strength 10KN; open gate strength 8KN Made in Italy.
CT Kayak 
£15.60

CT Kayak

A large alloy snaplink, that is easily handles and roomy enough to facilitate a resting clip on a via ferrata course. This is not meant to be used on the shock absorbing elements of the lanyards, but is suitable for the central point on the Petzl Scorpio. With its wide gate opening of 32mm, plus capacious internal space it is easy to clip and unclip from wires and moderate sized stemples. Weight is 78g. Long axis strength 22KN; gate open 8KN; and cross loaded strength 9KN. Made in Italy.
Petzl Scorpio Wirelock 
£77.40

Petzl Scorpio Wirelock

Specially designed shock-absorbing lanyards to deal with the high fall-factors that can be generated by long falls down fixed vertical wires (or ropes). Tied rope cowstails for caving will *not* cope with this! This small, neat and very easy-to-use set consists of a 'one use' tear apart shock absorber, one short lanyard (for resting, on rungs or similar) plus two longer tape lanyards to make the clips on the wire. These are elasticated to facilitate long reaches, while preventing them from getting in the way, or catching up, at other times. The set comes with two Vertigo slide-lock alloy karabiners. These are strong, easy to operate one-handed, and have a wide gate opening to facilitate clipping on big wires.
Beal Joker 9.1mm, 25m Length 
£60.00

Beal Joker 9.1mm, 25m Length

Advanced dynamic rope in a length suitable for most European V.F. routes. The Joker is the original lightweight multi-purpose rope. It is supple and Dry-Treated to reduce water uptake in wet environments. 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, but in V.F. use with the leader using appropriate cowstails, this is much more than a party is likely to encounter.



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