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Salewa Hiebler

Version A Version B Version C
Version A Version B Version C

Overview


Version A
(#85, 1525, 2077)

Front View Rear View Top View
Front View Rear View Top View

Technical Details

I acquired a pair of Salewa Hieblers, Version A from Darrel Tomer around 1984. I acquired a third one on eBay from Siray Kosek in 2010. I acquired another in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun's collection. I aquired two more from bill Liebman in 2017.

The Salewa Hiebler, Version A is 46 mm. tall, 107 mm. wide, 30 mm. thick, and weighs 109 g. Hieblers are made out of a forged aluminum frame and cam. The frame is open on one side to admit the rope, and relatively thick (13 mm.) on the back so that the cam will not twist. The cam appears to have an integral rivet that is staked to the frame. The cam is spring-loaded. A small hole is visible on the bottom of the frame. It angles toward the cam pivot. I suspect it either holds a pin to retain the cam, or provides a place for the spring to engage.

One side of the arm has "HIEBLER," "STEIGKLEMME," and a parallelogram containing "SALEWA," all raised. The rear has "Jn.u.A.Pat.ang." in raised letters.

Comments

Hieblers are old German ascenders - my 1981/82 catalog from Caving Supplies humorously says "get some now for your museum." They work on 6 to 11 mm. rope, but not well. One problem is that they rotate about 90 degrees under load, resulting in a lot of lost motion. They are easily removed from the rope, even to the point of accidentally coming off in use.

Warning:
I consider Hieblers to be unsafe. They sometimes come off the rope when a load is applied.

Version B
(#86, 1515, 1542, 2078)

Front View Rear View Top View
Front View Rear View Top View

Technical Details

I acquired a pair of Salewa Hieblers, Version B from Eastern Mountain Sports in 1979. I acquired a second pair on eBay from Jorge Gutic in 2009, and a single from Philip Harris in 2010. I acquired three more in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun's collection.

Version B is 46 mm. tall, 107 mm. wide, 30 mm. thick, and weighs 105 g. It has a thin wire safety held by a stamped plate screwed to the top of the body.

One side of the arm has "HIEBLER," "STEIGKLEMME," and a parallelogram containing "SALEWA," all raised. The rear has "Jn.u.A.Pat.ang." in raised letters.

Comments

Since Hieblers can come off rope, Salewa added a safety clip. The clip is made of thin wire (it is about 20% larger than a large paper clip, according to my micrometer) and hardly does anything. This does not address the fundamental safety problem with the Hiebler.

Warning:
I consider Hieblers to be unsafe. They sometimes come off the rope when a load is applied.

Version C
(#1526)

Front View Rear View Top View
Front View Rear View Top View

Technical Details

I acquired my Salewa Hiebler, Version C on eBay from Siray Kosek in 2010.

The Salewa Hiebler, Version C is 49 mm. tall, 108 mm. wide, and 32 mm. thick, and weighs 109 g. The safety clip has a different shape than the one on Version B.

One side of the arm has "HIEBLER," "STEIGKLEMME," and a parallelogram containing "SALEWA," all raised. The rear has "Jn.u.A.Pat.ang." in raised letters.

Comments

This clip is no more effective than the ne on Version B.

Warning:
I consider Hieblers to be unsafe. They sometimes come off the rope when a load is applied.