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Chouinard Baechli
(Bachli, Bächli)

Version A Version B
Version A Version B

Overview


Version A
(#601, 2629)

Front View Rear View Side View
Front View Rear View Side View

Technical Details

I acquired my Chouinard Baechli, Version A from the Gendarme, perhaps in the late 1970s. I acquired another in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun's collection.

My Version A is 43 mm. long, 94 mm. wide, 8 mm. high, and weighs 81 g. It is forged steel and oxide coated. It has a 55 mm. tall, 28 mm. wide oval rope hole and a 15 mm. diameter eye. The Baechli is not flat: the top and bottom are 6.3 and 6.6 mm. thick, respectively, while the sides of the rope hole are 7.9 mm. thick.

The front is stamped "BAECHLI MOD.DEP." The rear is stamped "SWISS MADE."

Comments

The Baechli is a small steel device that can be used for belaying or for rappelling. The belaying configuration is the traditional free running belay, although the Munter configuration could be used as well. Either of these could be used for rappelling, but a better method that gives more friction is to use carabiners as brake bars.

Even though it is made of steel, the Baechli is small and relatively light. Steel is not a good heat conductor, and the Baechli tends to overheat.


Version B
(#1739)

Front View Rear View Side View
Front View Rear View Side View

Technical Details

I do not have a record of where I acquired Version B, but it likely was from Harald Müller in 2009.

Version B is 44 mm. long, 95 mm. wide, 8 mm. high, and weighs 87 g.

The front of Version B is stamped "BACHLI MOD.DEP.," unlike Version A which has "BAECHLI MOD.DEP."

Comments

This device's name is sometimes spelled "Bächli."