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Mad Rock Lifeguard

Front Rear
Front Rear
 
Front: Open for Rigging Top
Front: Open for Rigging Top
 
Rear: Open for Rigging Bottom
Rear: Open for Rigging Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Mad Rock Lifeguard from Camp Four in 2016.

The Mad Rock Lifeguard is 47 mm. long, 94 mm. wide, 39 mm. high, and weighs 155 g.

The Lifeguard consists of a forged aluminum back, forged aluminum cover, cast stainless steel cam, stainless steel anvil, forged aluminum cam arm, aluminum handle, and miscellaneous parts. The back and cover are irregular in shape. The cam rotates on a pin riveted to the center of the back plate, with a strong spring holding the cam in the open direction. The lever rotates on a in in the end of the cam lever, and a spring holds the lever in the closed position. The anvil is a block pinned to the right end of the back plate. The cam and and anvil provide a rope channel. The front cover pivots on the anvil rivet.

The front of my Lifeguard has a climber icon, a hand-holding-a-rope icon, and the Mar Rock logo forged in raised relief. The inside of the back piece has a hand-holding-a-rope icon forged into it. The cam has a different mad Rock logo forged into it, and the cam arm has a climber icon forged into it. The back of the device has "LIFEGUARD," "WARNING: READ BEFORE USE," a book-with-an-"i" icon, "8.9-11 mm," "CE 2008," and "PF1" printed on it, and "MAD ROCK" forged in raised letters.

Comment

The Lifeguard is well made. It is a complex device that requires more training and familiarization than most devices, much like the Petzl Grigri. Like the Grigri and some others, the Lifeguard provides an autolocking feature that may be useful on big walls where the belayer is snoozing, but I'd rather have my second awake. Of the bunch, the Lifeguard is one of the most compact - a nice feature for those who don't want to haul excess baggage.