Load tests

When it comes to testing climbing and rigging equipment, there are several types of equipment and methods involved to ensure safety and compliance with industry standards. Here are some common examples of testing equipment used in this field:

Load Cells

Load cells are devices used to measure the force or load applied to climbing and rigging equipment. They are often used to test the breaking strength and load capacity of ropes, harnesses, slings, and other gear.

Tensile Testing Machine

A tensile testing machine, also known as a universal testing machine, is used to measure the tensile strength and elongation properties of materials. This equipment is frequently employed to test the strength and durability of climbing ropes, webbing, and other components.

Drop Test Rig

A drop test rig is used to simulate falls or drops to evaluate the impact resistance of climbing and rigging equipment. This equipment allows for controlled testing of gear such as carabiners, anchors, and connectors to ensure they can withstand the forces experienced in real-world scenarios.

Pull Testing Machine

A pull testing machine applies a pulling force to assess the strength and integrity of connections, such as stitched seams, rivets, and swaged fittings. This equipment is commonly used to test harnesses, slings, and other load-bearing connections.

Torque Wrench

A torque wrench is utilized to measure and apply specific torque values to bolts, nuts, and fasteners. This equipment ensures that the connections in climbing and rigging equipment are properly tightened to the required torque specifications.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Equipment

Non-destructive testing methods, such as visual inspection, ultrasonic testing, and magnetic particle testing, are used to identify defects, cracks, or other abnormalities in climbing and rigging equipment without causing damage.


It’s worth noting that testing climbing and rigging equipment should ideally be performed by trained and certified professionals with a thorough understanding of relevant safety standards and protocols. Regular inspection, maintenance, and testing of gear are crucial to ensure the reliability and safety of climbers and riggers.

Materials for this article were gathered from various public sources or written by riglab.org editors.
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