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Friction and Rope Saving Devices

Use a friction saving device to save the rope from the bark and the tree bark from the friction of a moving rope. There are many styles of friction saving device, the most popular of which is the Buckingham Friction saver below. It reduces premature wear on your climbing line and eliminates damage to tree limbs caused by the climbing line running over the branch.

You'll also find below the popular cambium savers, ART Rope Saver, the versatile Pulley Saver, and other devices to spare your rope and the tree.

Buckingham Friction Savers with Aluminum Rings

24” / 2’ Friction Saver
36” / 3’ Friction Saver
48” / 4’ Friction Saver
60” / 5’ Friction Saver
72” / 6’ Friction Saver

Friction savers offer minimal friction when working from different positions in the tree and can be wrapped around a stem for use as a false crotch where no natural crotch exists to run the line over. Friction savers also aid in keeping the slack out of your climbing line for added safety during your ascent. Buckingham friction savers are available with your choice of steel or aluminum rings (steel rings are stronger but aluminum rings are lighter and dissipate heat better.) The rings are of different sizes to aid retrieval of the friction saver from the ground. The strap is reinforced and stitched nylon webbing. Friction savers are available from 24” to 72” in length. Click here for Buckingham friction saver installation instructions.

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Buckingham Friction Savers with Steel Rings

24” / 2’ Friction Saver
36” / 3’ Friction Saver
48” / 4’ Friction Saver
60” / 5’ Friction Saver
72” / 6’ Friction Saver

Friction savers with steel rings work just like those above, but with greater durability (and weight).

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Friction Saver Prusik

Friction Saver Prusik


Made from 3/8” Tenex, the Friction Saver Prusik will make any Friction Saver adjustable in size. Colors may vary.

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Bicolor Cambiumsaver by Edelrid

Bicolor Cambiumsaver by Edelrid

3' (90cm)
4' (120cm)
5' (150cm)

Developed specially for tree care use, the Cambiumsaver is a mobile sling anchor and belay anchor for climbing ropes. Its differently colored aluminum rings and dual-coloured webbing allow quick and easy identification for straightforward rigging and removal from the ground.

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Ball w/cord
equaLIZA Link

The pulleySAVER is a system for saving friction on ropes, which can be used in many configurations and greatly aids working the tree. The attachment as anchor point on a tree can be implemented in four different configurations, depending on the specific application: as swinging element in a double leg configuration, as chock hitch, wound around in a double leg configuration, or narrowed in a double leg configuration. Easily retrieved from the ground. The equalLIZA link (sold separately) is a short sewn rope on a DMM ring meant to be used as an equalizing link if the pulleySAVER is used on two anchor points.

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Vortex AFS (Adjustable Friction Saver)

16' Saver with Rig Pulley
16' Saver Only (no prusiks)
15" Prusik w/Rig Pulley

This item can be built to order within 48 hours if out of stock.

An easier to use Adjustable False Saver (AFS) which improves upon the principles in the Pulleysaver. The steel ring allows the AFS to be easily retrieved in all circumstances, as the ring can't collapse and bind when weighted. All components available separately.

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Adjustable Friction Saver

Adjustable Friction Saver

4' with RIT Prusik
8' with RIT Prusik
12' with RIT Prusik

This adjustable ring and ring friction saver allows you to tackle anything up to its full length, thanks to the included RIT prusik. Makes friction saver. Made from 1/2" Samson Stable Braid with 40mm DMM aluminum ring on one end and RIT prusik with SMC aluminum ring.

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Velocity Pin Lock Friction Saver

Velocity Pin Lock Friction Saver

36" / 3' Friction Saver
48" / 4' Friction Saver

This friction saver made from Samson Velocity with the new Petzl Pin Lock Am'D one end and the SMC ring on the other. These are extremely easy to set and retrieve from the ground.

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1.25m fimblSAVER
2m fimblSAVER

The fimblSAVER is essentially a ring and ring friction saver with a few unique advantages. The fimblSAVER has a 17cm wide surface that is better for protecting bark. The steel thimbles provide an excellent surface for your climbing line to run through, and one being on a prusik makes the fimblSAVER quickly and easily adjustable in length. Can be set and retrieved from the ground like any ring and ring saver, and includes retrieval ball.

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Mystery Rope Saver

Mystery Rope Saver

42" / 3.5' Saver
60" / 6' Saver

The Mystery Saver is a way to save a bit of money on a top-quality ring and ring style rope friction saver. The professional rope splicers at Iron Street sew these friction savers out of remnants of top-quality arborist rope left over from making the professional rope tools you see sold at WesSpur. What that means is you get to save a few bucks on a brand new rope friction saver and we maximize efficiency and produce less waste. Everyone wins!

Each Mystery Rope Saver is constructed from an arborist line a sewn spliced strength of at least 5,400 lb, and a minimum diameter of 11mm / 7/16". Rings are aluminum climbing rings.

*The ropes used to make these friction savers will vary. Special requests for rope, or rope color may not be made for this item (though custom friction savers can be made to your specifications.)

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Retrieval Balls

Retrieval Ball with Cord

Retrieval Ball for ART Devices
Retrieval Ball for Ring & Ring Savers
DMM Small Retrieval Cone
DMM Large Retrieval Cone

Various small devices for attaching to your climb line to aid in retrieving your friction saver. These will pass through the large ring and catch on the small ring to retrieve your saver.

DMM retrieval cones are the optimum shape for safely retrieving Teufelberger climbing aids. The Yellow (small) is ideal for the pulleySAVER, and the red cone works with all other Teufelberger products.

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Rope Sleeve

Dan House Rope Sleeves

3/4” Inner Diameter x 30”
3/4” Inner Diameter x 60”

Constructed from flexible metal conduit covered in heavy vinyl. Slick metal interior drastically reduces friction and rope wear, while the jacket grabs the bark to keep the Rope Sleeve in place. An orange band at the halfway point helps center the rope sleeve over the limb. These rugged rope sleeves are easily mended with vinyl tape, and come with a two-year replacement warranty. To install the sleeve over the limb you hoist it up while on your climbing rope with a slippery hitch. Once positioned and centered you pull and pop the slippery hitch out. Minimum safe bend diameter is 4" for the 1/2" ID (inner diameter) sleeve and 6" for the 3/4" ID sleeve.

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Leather Cambium Saver

Leather Cambium Saver


Protects the bark of the tree from contact with the rope and the rope from abrasion on the tree. This device has the advantage of being inexpensive and simple to install in the tree, but puts more friction on the line than Ring and Ring or Ring and Pulley friction savers.

1/2" Saver has an opening 1” in diameter

3/4" Saver has an opening 1 1/4" in diameter

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ART Snakeanchor

8’ / 2.5m Snakeanchor
16’ / 5m Snakeanchor

ART (Advanced Ropeclimbing Technology) has created the Snakeanchor to serve as an adjustable anchor which can be used as an upper anchor (false crotch or friction saver) or a lower anchor for your SRT climbing. The Snakeanchor is made from doubled cord which is stitched together with openings every 2.7 inch so that a carabiner can be inserted at any point along the length, making it adjustable based on which point you use. ART has used doubled 8mm cord to give the Snakeanchor a wider surface area for better grip and abrasion resistance. An aluminum ring protects the eye at one end. WLL on the Snakeanchor is 2 kN. Available in 8' or 16' lengths.

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ART Rope Guide 2010

ART Rope Guide 2010 with Cocoon

5’ Ropeguide
cli225 Special Order Item
10’ Ropeguide
cli218 Special Order Item

Smooth rope work and special care for the cambium join forces in this outstanding device. The Rope Guide 2010 is very light, and ropes run effortlessly in it. The Rope Guide must be set by hand, but may be retrieved remotely (this is greatly aided with the Double Snapper). The new ring is 50% lighter than a solid ring and still achieves comparable stability as well as much enhanced safety. The rope now runs protected within the tube-shaped ring - and it might sound strange but it is true: the rope enhances the breaking strength of the ring and vice versa! The contact surface is 8 mm parallel sewn double rope makes which combines the strength and advantages of rope with a wider contact surface.

Right behind the tube shaped ring there is now a small "fender" built in. The fender allows for the ring to align vertically when pulled from a forked branch, which makes for an easy gliding even through smaller forks. Release lever: The longer lever now allows for an easy release of the locking cam when pulled, as with the Positioner 2. This makes retrieving even easier and more reliable. Spring loaded cam: This feature prevents rope from accidental sliding.

Click here to download the Rope Guide 2010 Instructions.

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ART Ropeguide Twinline

ART Ropeguide TwinLine New in 2017!

Ropeguide TwinLine
15' Splice Anchor for TwinLine

The RopeGuide TwinLine are two lines: Either a short, spliced ART rope (SpliceAnchor) with open eye in different lengths (up to 4,5 m) or a long rope according to EN 1891 (10 to 12 mm diameter) without termination in any lengths can be used as anchoring rope. The short rope system is well-tried.

With the long rope system, it is now possible to install the RopeGuide from the ground very easily. With one work step two rope lines can be installed to the anchor point. It is possible to use both Single or Doubled Rope Technique for ascent.

The long anchoring rope can be used as second, fully reliable ascent rope because of the removable knot shell made of high-tensile plastic (patent pending). So it is possible for a second person to ascent at the same time as the first climber or to follow the first climber, e. g. for rescue.

Certified to EN 795 B (temporary anchor), CEN/TS 16415:2013 (can be used simultaneously by two persons ) and in accordance with EN 355:2002 (Energy absorber).

The rope guide splice anchor is a 12mm, spliced rope to be used as a friction saver rope with the Ropeguide TiwnLine.

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ART Double Snapper

ART Double Snapper 3


The Double Snapper is a specialized tool for use in retrieving the Rope Guide.

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Petzl Treesbee

Petzl Treesbee


Petzl’s rope-saving device protects the tree and improves rope glide at the anchor, and can be retrieved from the ground. Wide webbing limits twisting. Triple thickness of termination on large ring side makes the webbing more rigid during retrieval. Strap with large diameter ring and quick link (triangle) for ropes with sewn terminations (the link opens to let the sewn termination through). Breaking strength: 23 kN (5,175 lb.)

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Climbing BuckBlocks
CLI214 Special Order Item
Rigging BuckBlocks
RIG917 Special Order Item

This is a special-order item and normally ships in 1-2 weeks if out of stock.

Designed to ease climbing, reduce premature wear on climbing lines and eliminate damage to tree limbs normally caused by excess friction! Allows the user to install the blocks high into a tree without climbing: the blocks are set, and removed, from the ground or another tree using a throw line and throw bag. Once set, the two part rope channel snaps together using powerful magnets inset within the system's self aligning frame. The design is lightweight, provides a better bend radius for rope and an improved running surface with its dual rotating sheaves.

Climbing BuckBlocks are designed to be used by an individual with a maximum weight of 350 lb. when fully equipped, Rigging Model has a manufacturer WLL of 3 Tons.

Sample picture of the BuckBlocks over a limb.

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