Xpress COMBO Mobile Spider Mountain With Bungee &/or Climbing Wall User Manual

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jumper to achieve great heights and perform aerial maneuvers not possible on a normal

Warranty (from date of invoice)
Product Warranty - 1 year on frame
Hydraulic Cylinder(s) - 12 months per manufacturer
Climbing Harnesses and Carabineer’s - per the manufacturers warranty and specifications
Winches -90 days

What is an "Auto-Belay?

The Belay

In order to understand the term auto-belay, we must first define the term belayer respective to traditional
rock climbing. The act of belaying can be defined as a procedure of securing a climber by the use of a
rope. In recreational sport climbing there are generally two people involved in a climb. A climber, the
person climbing the intended surface or structure, and the person whom is providing the safety for the
climber known as a belayer. The belayer's role is to use two hands on a braking device, which controls
the descent of the climber. One of the functions of the belayer is to ensure the rope slack is taken up as
the climber ascends and ensure that the rope does not get tangled up which would result in the climber
dangling. Once the climber asks to come down, it is the function of the belayer to allow the rope to pass
through the braking device such that the climber descends at a rate that is not too fast or too slow.

The biggest fears in manually lowering someone as a belayer, is that a belayer could drop the climber
out of control, or let the end of the rope pass through the belay device such that the climber falls to the
ground. Both of these mistakes have often happened, and to very experienced climbers


Vertical Reality, Inc. is using the term "auto-belay" to describe its automated belaying process. Rather
than a person acting as the belayer, Vertical Reality uses a pressurized air/oil hydraulic system that
automatically controls the rate of descent when a climber falls or chooses to come down off the wall.
The intended function of the automated belaying system is to take up the slack in the climbing cable as
the person climbs. As a climber climbs the wall, the climber will take weight off of the cable, in which
the positive air pressure in the hydraulic system causes the cable to retract or to functionally take up the
cable slack. This works by air pressure forcing the hydraulic fluid into the pistons the whole sequence is
reversed for the controlled decent of the climber. A human person in the sport of traditional rock
climbing generally performs this function. However, the auto belay system used by Vertical Reality
provides a system that automates this function. The automated system eliminates the need to rely upon a
human belayer for every climber rather; allowing a single person (belayer or instructor) to supervise all
three climbers. This ensures safe and proper climbing eliminating the use of a human belayer. The
COMBO with its auto belay devices allows for three climbers to climb the wall simultaneously with
only one person acting as a belaying coach. Whereas in traditional rock climbing, every climber would
require a belayer. This simple feature means that when operating a wall for profit, the COMBO
generates more profit than a wall requiring human belayer's by simply reducing the amount of labor
needed to operate the wall.

Safety Standards