Objects Database

Belay Plate - self locking

Accession Number

1231.2015.1

Object Name

Belay Plate - self locking

Created

21/04/2015

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

21/04/2015

Brief Description

Heart shaped belay plate with three holes

Materials

aluminium

Dimensions

9(l) x 6(w) x 6(d) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

"436" stamped on back

Colour

silver

Provenance

Early climbers attached themselves to the rope by tying it around their waist and hitching it over the shoulder, or wrapping it around waist and arms to cause friction to hold potential falls.
The arrival of waist and body harnesses made from nylon tape in the 1960's bought about a major change in the system since holding a fall with the old style was pretty ineffective and could be quite painful.
We're told that the first metallic belay device was simply a link from a chain clipped into a karabiner and attached to a harness, the kinks or bends in the rope creating the friction instead of arms and body.
The road was now open for a vast array of belay devices to come along, many of which we have in our collection. It must have been around 1990 that the hunt began for a 'hands free' belay device that would self lock when loaded.
We are not sure who was first in the market and we're not sure who made the one we have here since we can't find a maker's name. We think it's a fairly early 1990-ish version and thank mountain guide, Dave (Smiler) Cuthbertson for donating it.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Dave Cuthbertson

Acquisition Date

21/04/2015

Condition Check Date

21/04/2015

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

21/04/2015

Go Back

Click to see larger view

Click image for enlarged view

Click to see larger view

Click image for enlarged view

Click to see larger view

Click image for enlarged view

Back to top