Rope Climbing Machine for Exercise and Strength Training

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The U.S. Navy seeks a partner for licensing and collaboration on a rope climbing method for use in compact space without enough height to install a traditional climbing rope.

Traditional rope climbing requires 20ft or more of height to provide any real exercise or training when climbing. Often it is not practical to install a rope in a gym or training facility due to high constraints. Additionally, it is a safety hazard to have inexperienced climbers at that height without harnesses and safety lines. There are some existing rope climbing machines, but they require supported positions and/or power outlets.

NSWC Crane has developed and patented a rope climbing machine with a continuous rope and a variable braking system that can be used for fully suspended rope climbing technique practice and exercise. The machine can be used in a room with standard ceiling heights which prevents the necessity of having extra safety measures. The variable braking systems allows the speed to be customized for individual users.
Utility Patent
United States
Mar 28, 2017
Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization
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