A Clever Climbing Device.
A French inventor has devised a novel and practical arrangement for use of firemen and others to facilitate rope climbing, and, at the same time, to permit the climber to have free use of his hands. The apparatus consists of two boards joined by a hinge to a hole passing through both the hinge and the boards, and the extremities of the latter are provided with straps, which can be fastened to the feet of the man using the apparatus. The method of climbing involved in this arrangement is simple. When the feet attached to the boards are lifted, the rope is free, but the moment the feet are pressed down on the two boards the rope is firmly gripped. It is only necessary, therefore, to lift the body with both hands as far as possible, and it can then be held by the hinged clamps until another lift is made. By the use of a belt to hold the body close to the rope, the hands may be left free for work.