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Once upon a time there was the humble sticht plate, which at the time represented a revolutionary step forward from the waist belay. Nowadays, the plethora of belay devices on offer can confuse even the most experienced of climbers.
Mirroring the developments in rope and belay device design, the BMC’s belaying leaflet has gone through quite a few changes over the years. The new edition focuses on the factors that users should consider when it comes to choosing a device.
The new edition of the belaying and abseiling leaflet also places a greater emphasis on issues to consider when choosing both rope and belay device, as each are of equal importance. Specifically, belay device design, rope design & diameter, characteristics of climber and belayer and the style of climbing are each considered in detail.