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European Standards

TC.136

Technical Committee for mountaineering equipment

Standards

  • DefinitionEN 564Accessory cords
    Textile cord or rope, comprising a core and a sheath, that has a nominal diameter of 4mm to 8mm and are intended to withstand forces, but not intended to absorb energy.
  • DefinitionEN 565Tape
    Strip of textile fabric.
  • DefinitionEN 566Slings
    Tape, accessory cord or rope joined together by stitching or other means of fastening.
  • DefinitionEN 567Rope clamps
    Mechanical device which, when attached to a rope or an accessory cord of appropriate diameter, will lock under load in one direction and slip freely in the opposite direction.
  • DefinitionEN 568Ice anchors
    Anchor which is screwed or hammered into the ice and is removable again after use.
  • DefinitionEN 569Pitons
    Device which, when inserted into a rock crack by means of a hammer or equivalent device, provide an anchor.
  • DefinitionEN 892Dynamic mountaineering ropes
    Textile rope, comprising a core and a sheath, which is capable of arresting the free fall of a person engaged in mountaineering or climbing  with a limited impact force.

    Single rope:
    Dynamic mountaineering rope, capable of being used singly, as a link in the safety chain, to arrest a person's fall.

    Half rope:
    Dynamic mountaineering rope, which is capable, when used in pairs as a link in the safety chain, to arrest a person's fall.

    Twin rope:
    Dynamic mountaineering rope, which is capable, when used in pairs and parallel, to arrest a person's fall.
  • DefinitionEN 893Crampons
    Device fitted with spikes, which is intended to cover the sole of a boot, from toe to heel and from one side to the other, so as to provide grip on snow, ice and mixed terrain and which has a system of attachment to the boot.
  • DefinitionEN 958Energy absorbing systems for use in Klettersteig (Via Ferrata) climbing
    Device with two or more attachment points, used to reduce the impact force on the anchorage and on an attached climber during the fall.
  • DefinitionEN 959Rock anchors
    Anchoring equipment with an eye in which a connector can be attached for belaying purposes by inserting into a drill hole in rock and kept in place by gluing or expansion forces.
  • DefinitionEN 12270Chocks
    Non-adjustable wedge-shaped body, which is intended to be wedged in cracks in the rock and is able to withstand a load in the longitudinal axis of the means of attachment.
  • DefinitionEN 12275Connectors
    Openable device, which enable a mountaineer to link himself directly or indirectly to an anchor.
  • DefinitionEN 12276Frictional anchors
    Adjustable wedge-shaped body, which is intended to be wedged in cracks in the rock and is able to withstand a load in the longitudinal axis of the means of attachment.
  • DefinitionEN 12277Harnesses
    Assembly of narrow textile fabric(s) (generally referred to as tape) adjusting device(s) or other elements which fit around the body to support it in a hanging position.
  • DefinitionEN 12278Pulleys
    One or more sheaves mounted in a block or a body, which can be used to link a rope or an accessory cord to a connector to safeguard a mountaineer, and which reduces the friction while the rope or accessory cord is moving under load.
  • DefinitionEN 12492Climbing safety helmets
    A device worn on the head intended to absorb part of the energy of an impact caused by falling, and by falling objects, thus reducing the risk of injury to the head.
  • DefinitionEN 13089Ice-tools
    Device intended to be brought by hand, to move on snow and/or ice, which can be used as an anchor point. It includes al least one handle and one spike.
  • DefinitionEN 15151-1Semi-automatic descender devices
    Braking device that produces a change in its geometry once a certain hand braking force is applied to the free end of the rope, such that the hand braking force is amplified to slow down the rope movement through the device until arrest.
  • DefinitionEN 15151-2Manual descender devices
    Device controlled by hand force applied to the free end of the rope, that produces a magnified force in the active rope in a continuos and reversible manner, such that when the force in the free end of the rope is reduced to zero, the braking effect becomes neglegibily small.