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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Birdie


£51.36 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Smart 2.0

Smart 2.0

£35.75 (inc Vat)
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£96.38 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Ohm Edelrid

Assisted braking and friction adding device, the answer to the heavy climber/light belayer question!

£94.24 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Grigri + Petzl
Grigri +

Assisted braking belay device with anti-panic handle. Ideal for working hard routes and beginners.

£76.32 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Alpine Up Kit Climbing Technology
Alpine Up Kit

Climbing Technologies Alpine Up Belay device,can be used with single, half or twin ropes, ideal for sports, trad and alpine Climbing and guiding.

£71.83 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Click Up Plus Climbing Technology
Click Up Plus

Evolution of the CLICK UP provides traditional belaying technique with added safety. Ideal for indoor and sport climbing.

£64.26 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Grigri Petzl

Belay device with assisted braking, for a broad range of single rope diameters (8.5 to 11 mm).

£58.37 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Click Up Kit Climbing Technology
Click Up Kit

A total use safety belay device for use with a single dynamic rope.

£51.36 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Birdie Beal

A compact assisted braking belay device for sport climbing that doesn't twist the rope, for ropes between 8.5mm to 10.5mm

£36.35 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices ATC-Pilot Black Diamond

£35.75 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Smart 2.0 Mammut
Smart 2.0

Assisted braking belay at feather light weight.

£30.67 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Mega Jul Edelrid
Mega Jul

Super versatile belay device that offers assisted breaking for leaders and when abseiling, it also works as a guide plate.

£26.57 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Pivot DMM

The latest mountaineering belay device from DMM - the pivot.

£26.29 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Belay-Devices Jul 2 Edelrid
Jul 2

Single rope belay device which creates a large amount of braking assistance when the climber falls.

Belay Devices

Essential for not hitting the ground!

Most modern belay devices work with single or twin ropes, and are designed for dual use (you can abseil on them too). There is a huge range, with most covering a fair range of rope dimensions whilst others are more specific to thicker or thinner ropes, and some providing more or less 'grab' and friction .

The BMC have highlighted 4 categories of belay device, with regard to the style of braking involved with the use of each specific device.

Slick devices work on a frictional basis. They run very smoothly, but require more care when holding a fall.

Intermediate devices have a high degree of friction, but do not actually grab the rope. These provide good general use devices.

Grabbing devices brake sharply, but tend to lock up. These are more forgiving devices, as they lock easily, but lack of attention could mean locking when not required.

Locking devices have a camming action which holds the rope when it is moved rapidly, as in a fall.

Coming into 2020, there are as many belay plates on the market as there are climbers at Stanage on a sunny day! As always we only stock the best, and only after a rigorous test, so if you want more information on any particular plate, feel free to ask. We all have our favourites and we will be happy to tell you why.


Beetle- the evolution of the bug, an intermediate device, providing a high-friction side with teeth, for 8.5-11mm singles, or 7.3-9.2mm halves. For great value, we stock the Beetle/Shadow HMS combo. A great first belay device.

Pivot- the shell of the beetle, with a quality-of-life improvement; namely, guide mode. Guide mode allows for a lead climber be separate from their system. The pivoting section allows for guide mode to be used at a wider range of angles than plates with a fixed loop.  8.7-11mm single or 7.3-9.2mm halves.

Black Diamond

ATC- Black Diamond's classic Air Traffic Control, this plate is perfect for those who like simplicity, or are new to belaying. The symmetry of the device means it is loadable both ways, which is almost as idiot-proof as belay devices come!

ATC-XP- The XP is a similar device to the DMM Beetle, with a high-friction side, but is larger and with cutouts, for light weight and heat distribution, making this a good device for abbing on.

ATC-Guide- As the Pivot is to the Beetle, so is the Guide to the XP. 

ATC-Alpine Guide- A lighter version of the Guide, for skinnier ropes.


Mega Jul- An assissted braking device for the outdoors, this slim steel plate is designed to pull the carabiner in when locking off, making your life much easier! On top of that, this plate is also equipped with guide mode, so it's little wonder that it's a favourite of two of our staff.





Climbing Technology

Click Up
Click Up+
Alpine Up


Smart Alpine



The traditional sticht plate is still a valid belay device which is popular with centres and groups due to the high frictional locking ability of the device, and their ability to take a wide range of rope diameters. They are very grabbing for easy holding of falls, and the addition of springs to some models helps stop any jamming problems that may occur when used in inexperienced hands. Certain members of staff refuse to be parted from theirs...

Locking belay devices with moving parts can be useful for people who have the job of belaying people that work routes heavily. This enables them to roll a fag or open their sardines at will (although we do not recommend either of these practices for various reasons), while still holding their resting partner safely. Proper belaying practises should be followed using any device, but these do make life a little more relaxed. The most common is the Petzl Grigri 2, which is popular with the belay bunnies of harder sport climbers who'll happily hang of a Fr7c all day.


SALE - Outdoor Research Sale

We have a number of special offers from Outdoor Research that aren't from our normal range so there is something new to get your teeth into during the bleak mid winter. It includes gloves (some heated), hats, dry bags, down jackets, waterproofs, windproofs, softshells and baselayers.
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Rab Retailer Support Program

Rab are helping support their independent retailer partners by providing customers who buy direct from Rab's website with a 5% discount off RRP and in turn they will give 25% of your order value back to your local outdoor shop just by using the code UP 01.
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Rob Smith - Offa's Dyke In One Sitting - A new unsupported FKT

I set out from the official start (or end) of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail in Prestatyn with the intention of running (jogging, hiking and a lot of hobbling) – the 177 miles to the other end of the trail at Sedbury Cliffs, just outside Chepstow. I did finally get there, just over 3 days later, setting what is, for now, a fastest known time for a self-supported completion of the trail.
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