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.
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.
Friction savers with steel rings work just like those above, but with greater durability (and weight).
Made from 3/8” Tenex, the Friction Saver Prusik will make any Friction Saver adjustable in size. Colors may vary.
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.
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.
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.
Rated: Disappointing Review by: Jonathan
“ I really liked the idea of this item but have been dissapointed with its functionality in actual working situations due to being unable to remotely retrieve it. Twice, I have had to reclimb a tree to retrieve the friction saver because the pulley did not slide through the ring like advertised. Also, the retrieval ball that comes with the kit pulled through the small metal ring when I put tension on the line. I belive this product is a nice idea but is over complicated in nature and extremely finicky. More trouble than it is worth. ”
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.
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.
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.
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 arobrist 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 fronm 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.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Double Snapper is a specialized tool for use in retrieving the Rope Guide.
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.)
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.