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Self-belay Devices For Solo Climbing

DO NOT CLIMB SOLO!
Nothing can make solo climbing safe.

These items are made for solo climbing, and should only be used by experts.

If you are reading this
then you do not have the necessary expertise.

They are all exceptionally well made and work well when used as intended, but there is no room for error when climbing alone, so the user must beware. Proper instruction and extensive experience are essential, but will not ensure your survival.

Do not even think about learning
anything about anything
from an internet web site.

I waited for two years for the Silent Partner to become available, and it was worth every minute. If you must climb alone and are looking for a top quality piece where money is no object, check this one out.

None of these devices will kill you, but they can let you kill yourself. Please:

DO NOT CLIMB SOLO!
Nothing can make solo climbing safe.
Gallery

Image ID Device Description Acquired Weight Height Width Thickness Std. volume
Wren Industries Silent Partner 2832 Rock Exotica Silent Partner
StarStarStar
Centrifugal clutch roller for clove hitch self belay. Greg Bumb / Santa Cruz Pawn, 2021 421 171 73 71 884
Rock Exotica SoloAid Prototype #1 808 Rock Exotica SoloAid Prototype #1 Milled Al frame & cam, unfinished, rope actuated cam John Middendorf, 2005 181 112 39 38 168
Rock Exotica SoloAid Prototype #2 809 Rock Exotica SoloAid Prototype #2 Milled Al frame & cam, unfinished, rope actuated cam John Middendorf, 2005 184 113 39 38 166
Rock Exotica SoloAid 627
2626
Rock Exotica SoloAid, Version A Milled Al frame & cam, hard anodized,rope actuated cam
  • John E. Weinel, Inc., 1994
  • Bob Thrun Collection, 2017
182 113 38 34 146
Rock Exotica SoloAid 2627
2789
Rock Exotica SoloAid, Version B Milled Al frame & cam, hard anodized, rope actuated cam
  • Bob Thrun Collection, 2017
  • jon-ncal, 2020
184 113 38 34 146
Rock Exotica Soloist Prototype 2742 Rock Exotica Soloist Prototype Milled Al frame & cam, unfinished, rope actuated cam John Middendorf, 2019 283 150 63 38 360
Rock Exotica Soloist 628
1621
Rock Exotica Soloist (Model 302020) Milled Al frame & cam, hard anodized,rope actuated cam
  • Gendarme, 1989
  • Charles Denning, 2009
281 148 63 38 354
Wren Industries Silent Partner 711 Wren Industries Silent Partner
StarStarStar
Centrifugal clutch roller for clove hitch self belay. Mountain Tools, 1999 430 165 73 70 843