“ Climbing Equipment „
I enjoy climbing and I have been doing it for a few years now. My first taste of climbing was a 6 week training course at Leeds indoor climbing wall that I received for a birthday present a few years ago. Now my partner and I spend many of our weekends off outdoors or at the Leeds wall. Our collection of climbing gear grows all the time, it is quite an expensive hobby but once you invest in good products they should last you a while. From my point of view, I would much rather be investing in reliable products that I feel safe with, rather than cheaper alternatives. *Description* are so many belay devices out there that it can be baffling in deciding on the right one. I was recommended this one though as it is great for beginners. This product is a 1.7 ounce shell belay device and is used for lightweight belaying or abseiling. It is suitable for use with double ropes from 8 - 9mm and with single rope from 10 - 11mm diameter. The design of the device is very slick which makes it easier for people who are not fully competent at belaying as the movement of the rope is very fluid and smooth and therefore will not kink the rope. Due to the slickness of the device, it is therefore not a good belay device for someone belaying a much heavier partner as there is not much friction there. The device is covered in black plastic, after a good year of use, the plastic has rubbed off and the steel cable is showing in places. The life span of a device such as this is around a year, so it was definitely time to replace it. *C.A.M.P* I tend to favour this brand over others because they offer products that are reliable and simple to use but they are not overly expensive. The company have been going for 120 years and started in Italy, high in the mountains of Premana. The company is now based in America and making innovative climbing products for the USA, Europe and the rest of the world. The name C.A.M.P. is an acronym that stands for: Construzione Articoli Montagna Premana. The translation is Articles for Mountaineering Made in Premana. *My experiences* For a beginner, I think that this was a really good device. I found it easy to use and it was also quite reasonable priced. There are no moving parts that can jam and no internal cams to get clogged up with dirt. It is a really simple device and easy to use. After speaking to some of the more experienced climbers, they recommended other belay devices that offer much more such as the Black diamond ATC. I ended up going for one of these instead and it cost me around £5.00 more. I was fairy happy with the Camp device though and if I had not asked around, I would probably have replaced it with the same one. It was reliable and easy to use and did exactly what I wanted it to. I much prefer the black diamond device but for the money you are paying this one does the job. You can buy one for around £11.00.
This was my first belay device bought for my birthday and I have to say I love it. Whilst is doesn't get used that much any more because I have newer and more versatile devices, for a first device this is perfect, it is well made, forged from aluminium alloy and then coated in paint to protect the metal. The device will accept single ropes with a diameter of between 10mm and 11mm and double/Half ropes between 8mm and 9mm. The device its self has a very slick feel whilst paying out or taking in rope, this makes it very easy for the belayer and perfect for people who are not used fully competent with belaying. It also stops the process of belaying from being tiresome and wearing you out. This is also another advantage. But because the device is slick it also means that the belayer needs to be extra vigilant when taking in and giving slack as if the climber should fall then the rope needs to be locked off quickly. All in all this is a fantastic belay device, and doubles as a rappel device. Perfect for beginners and as much as I don't use it very often anymore I always keep it with me and I still use it when I am letting new climbing partners use the device. This is a nice starting point for anyone wanting to get to grips (no pun intended) with belaying and abseiling.a
Forged from 6082-T6 aluminium alloy the Camp Shell is a lightweight Belay/Abseil device similar in design to the ATC and The Bug but at a more economic price. It is suitable for use with double ropes from 8 - 9mm and with single rope from 10 - 11mm diameter.