European Standards TC.136 Technical Committee for mountaineering equipment Standards Definition EN 564 Accessory 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.
Definition EN 565 Tape Definition EN 566 Slings
Tape, accessory cord or rope joined together by stitching or other means of fastening.
Definition EN 567 Rope 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.
Definition EN 568 Ice anchors
Anchor which is screwed or hammered into the ice and is removable again after use.
Definition EN 569 Pitons
Device which, when inserted into a rock crack by means of a hammer or equivalent device, provide an anchor.
Definition EN 892 Dynamic 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. Definition EN 893 Crampons
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.
Definition EN 958 Energy 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.
Definition EN 959 Rock 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.
Definition EN 12270 Chocks
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.
Definition EN 12275 Connectors
Openable device, which enable a mountaineer to link himself directly or indirectly to an anchor.
Definition EN 12276 Frictional 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.
Definition EN 12277 Harnesses
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.
Definition EN 12278 Pulleys
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.
Definition EN 12492 Climbing 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.
Definition EN 13089 Ice-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.
Definition EN 15151-1 Semi-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.
Definition EN 15151-2 Manual 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.
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