This device is used for back rope solo climbing for "ground-up climbing" or "top rope self belaying". This device is definately geared toward the more advanced climber who has a firm understanding of bombproof multi-directional anchoring. Even though the device … Tom Botts got hooked on rock climbing when he took some classes at Enchanted Rock, Texas, while living in Houston, some hours away. Torque is what causes a lock off. We make big quantities of those products and they are what pay the bills, whereas the Silent Partner sales were down to around 100 a year. The method used to lock the drum against the device frame is by the use of two straight knurl edge discs that are thrown outwards by centrifugal force as they ride on parallel ramps milled into the drum's enclosed outer periphery. I looked at several other methods of roped soloing including; the clove hitch method, ascenders/prussik method, protraxion device, modified grigri, and the Soloist, none of them seemed able to address all of my concerns like the SP does. The Soloist cam profile design allows the belay rope to be "grasped" rather than crushed as in the early cam devices. It is without doubt the best device for self belayed free climbing. It requires advanced knowledge of anchors and rope work in general, but it’ll make the process of roped soloing less cumbersome. This way you're never wondering if somethings broken. Those were very fun times and the Silent Partner was a great product. He explained the advantages of the device to Climbing: “I think they are so useful due to the fact that they are self-feeding and feed rope smoothly, so they are much easier to use whilst free climbing,” says Whittaker. It will catch any fall regardless of body position. Botts’s sale was an anomaly, going for more than double any previous auction. Many of our other products expanded beyond climbing and technical rescue into all kinds of other markets, such as arborism, rope access, stage rigging, linemen work, and more. Knowledge of the correct device position relative to the rope anchor is critical for the correct operation of the cam devices in a fall as they are mono directional in operation, and the soloer must be aware that he needs to put in a runner as soon as he sets off above the belay point on a multi-pitch climb, otherwise he can slide to the bottom of the rope in the event of a fall. At that time, Rock Exotica took over production of the Silent Partner once again. Fall forces generated using this device and the cam profile can be enough to damage a rope due to the high clamp loads induced by the cam lever arm. To use, the climber ties a clove hitch around the wheel. The Silent Partner attaches to your waist harness; no chest harness is needed. This story has been updated with a statement from Rock Exotica founder Rock Thompson.

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