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ARC, Version A ARC, Version B ARC, Rigid Brakeman
ARC, Version A ARC, Version B ARC, Rigid Brakeman

Overview


ARC (Advanced Rope Control), Version A
(#753, 2673)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Advanced Base Camp ARC (Advanced Rope Control), Version A from Yucca Dune in 2001. I acquired another in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun's collection.

The Advanced Base Camp ARC, Version A is forged from aluminum alloy and then hard anodized. Mine is 53 mm. long, 46 mm. wide, 101 mm. high, and weighs 60 g. The slots are 33 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 16 mm. below the ends of the slots. My Advanced Base Camp ARC, Version A has a moderately stiff, plastic covered, cable keeper.

One side of the ARC, Version A is etched with the ABC logo, "MADE IN EEC," and a rigging icon.

Comments

The ARC is a fairly standard ATC-type belay tube with a cable keeper.


ARC (Advanced Rope Control), Version B
(#847)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Advanced Base Camp ARC, Version B from Get Lost Adventures in 2007.

The Advanced Base Camp ARC, Version B is forged from aluminum alloy and painted. Mine is 53 mm. long, 46 mm. wide, 84 mm. high, and weighs 62 g. The slots are 33 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 15 mm. below the ends of the slots. My Advanced Base Camp ARC, Version B has a very stiff, plastic covered, cable keeper.

One side of the ARC, Version A is etched with "ABC," "MADE IN EEC," and "0205."

Comments

The ARC is a fairly standard ATC-type belay tube with a cable keeper. Version B has a very stiff (effectively rigid), plastic covered, cable keeper. This keeper is shorter than the one on Version A. My Version B is painted. I don't like painted devices because the paint comes off on the rope, making a mess.


ARC (Advanced Rope Control), Version C
(#1862)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Advanced Base Camp ARC (Advanced Rope Control) Rigid from SiteLead Inc. in 2015.

The Advanced Base Camp ARC Rigid is forged rom aluminum alloy and soft anodized. Mine is 47 mm. long, 56 mm. wide, 73 mm. high, and weighs 68 g. The slots are 31 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 15 mm. below the ends of the slots. My Advanced Base Camp ARC Rigid has a very stiff, plastic covered, cable keeper crimped to the body.

One side of the ARC, Version A is etched with "ABC," "MADE IN EEC," and "0312."

Comments

The ARC Rigid is a fairly standard ATC-type belay tube with a cable keeper. Like Version B, it has a very stiff (effectively rigid), plastic covered, cable keeper, but this one is anodized instead of painted. The body is slightly different, and the ends of the keeper are not visible.


Brakeman
(#754)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Advanced Base Camp Brakeman from Yucca Dune in 2001.

The Advanced Base Camp Brakeman is forged from aluminum alloy and then hard anodized. Mine is 57 mm. long, 48 mm. wide, 85 mm. high, and weighs 51 g. The slots are 32 mm. long and 15 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 13 mm. below the ends of the slots. The keeper is made from 5 mm. aluminum rod.

One side of the Advanced Base Camp Brakeman is etched with the ABC logo.

Comments

The Brakeman has a rigid rod keeper that stands up to the rope running over it (by accident, of course), but makes the device harder to pack. The keeper is pinned in place, and the ends are not visible as they are on the Smiley Atoga - not that it matters either way. The Brakeman is essentially identical to the Liberty Mountain belayer.