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Ascendeur

Accession Number

606.2008.1

Object Name

Ascendeur

Created

04/12/2008

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

04/12/2008

Brief Description

'Salewa' rope ascendeur on 'D' shape karabiner.

Materials

metal

Dimensions

6(l) x 5(w) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

On one side reads " SALEWA MADE IN WEST GERMANY " On other side " STRICHT FIFFI DROMANG "

Colour

silver

Maker

Salewa

Object Production Place

West Germany

Provenance

Right from the beginnings of their respective sports, mountaineers and cavers have needed to climb up ropes, the former requiring to get out of crevasses should they happen to fall in one and the latter to extract themselves from whatever troglodytic expedition they may have embarked on.
Various knots were used (and still are) in the early days, the most well known being a Prusik, named after a noted Austrian Dr and Alpinist who came up with a crevasse rescue system back in the early 1900's.
Though knots can be very effective, the hunt soon began for a simple, mecahanical device that would do the job more efficiently and the Salwea rope ascendeur that we have here in the collection sought to do just that. Dating from the 1950/60's it's a simple and effective device which works on the 'squeeze' principal whereby, the more you pull the tighter it gets. It could be a little harsh on the rope and rather more friendly versions soon replaced it. This particular one belonged to ex RAF Rescue team leader, John Hinde.

Acquisition Method

Donated by John Hinde

Acquisition Date

04/12/2008

Reference

John Hinde was a member of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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