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Wild Country

Wild Country Ropeman 1 & 2

In short

Ultra-light multipurpose belay/rappel device.
Brand: Wild Country
Type Of Gear:
www: Ropeman 1 & 2
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Technical specifications

Weight: 62g / 85g
Certifications: EN 567
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Rope Diameters: 10-11mm / 8.5-11mm


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Colors: Gunmetal / Gold


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Other Product Specifications

Axle Strength: 15 kN
Color: Gold (Steel)|Gun Metal (Aluminum)
Size: 8.5-11mm|10-11mm
Variations: Mk 1 / Mk 2

Detailed description

Ropeman Mk 1

The Ropeman 1 was the brainchild of a climber and designer who had presented other good ideas to Wild Country before and when we saw this it was pretty obvious this was the real deal and would be a big hit. And so it proved. The initial success of the Ropeman 1 was that it was really the first device to challenge people to carry more than simply two bits of rope to make ‘prussiks’ for emergency rescue. This was due to it’s small size and light weight, and it’s easy to see why when two of them could be carried discreetly for less weight than some quickdraws. However, the big leap for the Ropeman proved to be when guides and other climbers picked it up as having many more uses than it was initially thought and it became an essential mountain tool for a range of activities. Not only was it being carried to replace ‘prussiks’ as a rescue tool but guides were using in combination with magic plates and on bolt belays to protect clients as well as a host of other activities. This meant that it’s use spread like wildfire across the European Alps and became Wild Country’s best export for a number of years. The only problem with this rise in use was the spread of ‘illegitimate’ use on ropes that were thinner than originally intended which sometimes could put too much strain on the system. This is because the original Ropeman 1 features an alloy cam, with horizontal serrated teeth and was only rated for single ropes use – because in a shock load / fall situation these teeth would not pass UIAA standards on a half rope as it could damage the sheath. And it was precisely these illegimate uses with shock load potential that had hastened it’s spread. So although sales were fantastic Wild Country had a moral dilemma – to let people keep using it (wrongly) and take the cash (tempting) – or to try to incorporate this new information into a refined version.

Ropeman Mk 2

Ropeman 2 So this is where the Ropeman Mk2 came in. With a stainless steel cam that allowed a more complicated (and more aggressive looking) but ultimately more rope friendly design the Ropeman Mk2 was the solution to Wild Country’s sleepless nights as it could be used on ropes down to 8.5mm. This meant for many of the Alpine activities it was adopted for it was a much safer alternative and with the pair of them available customers had a choice. Thus the bottom line and the most reliable piece of safety advice is to follow the simple rule that the Ropeman Mk1 is for single ropes only while the Ropeman Mk2 will cover both half ropes and single ropes. Please make sure if you are purchasing a Ropeman Mk1 or Mk2 that you fully read the instructions and make sure that the use suits the device you have bought. And please remember if you are ‘adapting’ it for other uses that may not be fully recommended you are fully aware of the risks inherent for you or your partner.

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It's a valuable accesory to anyone's rack. Although I have both types, I prefer the older one (Mk I.) with level teeth because of certain advantages of the concept. Bearing it's limitations in mind (rope diameter and shear risk) it has served me very well.
I prefer it over the Tibloc, because of the springed cam which ensures a more secure grip and prevents the device from sliding down a rope. One important feature for me is a possibility to release it while under load, without previously releaving the tension on the rope.
So far, after about 10 years of use my Mk I. is somewhat worn and tired with wobbly side plates, so I am looking for a substitute.

Mk3, or quite possibly the brand new Petzl Micro traxion are the best candidates.

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