The Petzl Micro Traxion has become an essential piece of hardware for modern crevasse rescue methods. This little device can be expediently used to haul a victim out with less rigging than traditional systems. It accomplishes this via a lightweight, self-contained, progress-capture pulley which obviates the need for more complex pulley/prussic combos. If you fall into a crevasse you are going to hope your partner has one, knows how to use it, and can get the job done quickly. As a bonus, it can also be employed by the victim as a compact emergency ascender in self-rescue situations where hauling is not the best option.
- Designed for crevasse rescue, hauling, self-rescue, and as an emergency ascender.
- 2.5kN working load, 4kN breaking strength as progress capture system.
- Cam can be locked open so the Traxion can be used as a simple pulley.
- Sealed ball bearings provide excellent efficiency (91 %).
- Even works on frozen or muddy ropes.
- For use with 8 - 11 mm diameter ropes.
|Strength||Working load: 2 x 2.5kN= 5kN
Breaking strength: 2 x 7.5kN = 15kN
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Crevasse rescue, ascending, hauling|
|Notes||Rope diagrams engraved inside pulley.|
|Bottom Line||Glacier travel necessity.|
Questions & Reviews
In continuous use situations the spikes tend to wear on ropes, a little disconcerting on rope like the rad line. But in a glacier setup this is not an issue, and I've never pushed it into simuling or some such situations where continuous use may run into problems.
I bought it for crevasse rescue, and have practiced with it a decent (and hopefully adequate!) amount.
The device is much smaller than one might expect from looking at the product listing picture, yet is also far more functional that one might expect from examining it at first in person.
Previously during some training courses of a more old-school orientation I practiced building various hauling systems using prusiks and pulleys. By contrast, the Traxion is so much easier, plus the officially rated efficiency for the pulley is very impressive.
I'm sure that some "real" climbers will advocate for the additional versatility of building mechanical advantage systems out of whatever you already have on your rack for other purposes. But if you're a skier who's interested only in crevasse rescue, this is the perfect device!
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