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Auto belay devices
J Dog
1:33:51 PM
I am wondering if anyone has any information, experience or opinions about auto belay devices (top rope -
climbing gym style), other than the information that is available with a google search.

I am researching the feasibility of incorporating some sort of auto device into the climbing facility I am
involved in. Any information or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

J Dog.

2:15:36 PM
i trialled one of those big ol inertia reels for a sydney climbing gym a while back and thought it would be fantastic for running laps & so convenient cus you dont have to source a partner or do belay duties :)
you'd want to have it on a decent height wall though.

all in all, greaat but very expensive (several thou from vague memory!!) so maybe trial it in the gym & get feedback from the regulars on whether its really worth the outlay

2:28:12 PM
They used to have one at the Westway in London until it seemed to drop someone on the floor recently. There is a quite a long thread on UKclimbing about it if you are interested. It gives the name of the manufacturer as well.

It got pretty regular but not intensive use. I never had to queue to use it.

4:27:43 PM
What stops someone from hoggin it all night?

4:42:47 PM
Probably nothing would stop someone from hogging the autobelay rope. From what I can gather, though, is that once you fall you come down straight away, so you could hardly dog a route. And what stops a pair from hogging a rope at a gym all night anyway?

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