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Tuber(Tuba) Belay Device

Accession Number

1348.2016.1

Object Name

Tuber(Tuba) Belay Device

Created

09/08/2016

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

09/08/2016

Brief Description

A Tuber belay device

Materials

aluminium alloy, plastic

Dimensions

4(H) x 5(Diameter) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Colour

silver

Provenance

Early mountaineers and rock climbers wrapped their ropes around arms and body to secure each other when out in the mountains. The system worked fine, but could be pretty cruel if a lead climber took a big fall with many a tale of rope burnt hands and ripped flesh!
A German, Franz Sticht, invented one of the first belay plates in the 1960's and there followed a multiplicity of versions in the following decades, one of which we have here in the collection.
Nicknamed the 'bucket', we are not sure who produced this particular version which dates from the 1980's. The generic term for this type of belay device is a 'tuber' and some are called an ATC - Air Traffic Control!
This particular one was kindly donated by our good friend, Alan Fyffe, pioneer Scottish climber and Mountain Guide.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Alan Fyffe

Acquisition Date

09/08/2016

Condition Check Date

09/08/2016

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

09/08/2016

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