Summary of UIAA Standards
|Device||Minimum Breaking Strenth||Additional Info|
|Anchors||25 kn (5620 lbs)||
Ropes must be kernmantel construction and survive 4 falls with the following parameters:
|Carabiners||20 kn (4496 lbs)|
|Harnesses||15 kn (3372 lbs)|
|Ropes||12 kn (2697 lbs)|
|Slings||22 kn (4495 lbs)|
Helmets and Harnesses must be UIAA- or CE-approved, designed for climbing and must be retired according to manufacturer's recommendations or after seven years. Harnesses tied from 1-inch wide webbing may be used.
Ropes must be UIAA- or CE-approved, kernmantel construction, and 10.5 mm or greater in diameter. All ropes must be purchased new, a log kept recording date of purchase and all use, and all ropes must be retired after four years, regardless of use.
Webbing used for slings and harnesses must be designed for climbing (military spec 1-inch tubular qualifies), with a minimum breaking strength when new of 15.6 kn (3,500 lbs). Webbing may be doubled to meet this standard. All webbing must be purchased new, and all webbing must be retired after four years, regardless of use.