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(11)EP 3 406 303 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
18.03.2020 Bulletin 2020/12

(21)Application number: 16886181.3

(22)Date of filing:  23.12.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A63B 29/00  (2006.01)
A63B 69/00  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/ES2016/070934
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/125626 (27.07.2017 Gazette  2017/30)

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PORTABLE DEVICE FOR CLIMBING TRAINING

TRAGBARE VORRICHTUNG FÜR KLETTERTRAINING

ÉQUIPEMENT PORTABLE POUR L'ENTRAÎNEMENT À L'ESCALADE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 22.01.2016 ES 201630072 U

(43)Date of publication of application:
28.11.2018 Bulletin 2018/48

(73)Proprietors:
  • Gazquez y Ortiz, Javier
    03320 Alicante (ES)
  • Valdivia Jimenez, Gloria
    03204 Elche, Alicante (ES)

(72)Inventor:
  • GAZQUEZ Y ORTIZ, Javier
    03320 Torrellano (Alicante) (ES)

(74)Representative: Ibarra Garcia, Isabel 
PADIMA Explanada de España 11,1°
03002 Alicante
03002 Alicante (ES)


(56)References cited: : 
FR-A1- 2 420 983
FR-A1- 2 682 604
JP-A- 2014 076 012
US-A- 3 782 718
US-A1- 2014 073 495
FR-A1- 2 567 028
JP-A- 2012 152 542
US-A- 3 658 151
US-A- 3 999 752
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    OBJECT OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] As expressed in the title of the present specification, the invention relates to a portable device for climbing training which has a series of advantages and features that will be explained in detail below and entail a significant novelty with respect to the current state of the art.

    [0002] The object of the present invention relates to a set of elements forming a portable device which, by being able to be attached to any suitable vertical space, has the purpose of providing practical and simple training means for practicing climbing exercises such as those which can be performed on a climbing wall or on a fixed installation.

    FIELD OF APPLICATION OF THE INVENTION



    [0003] The field of application of the present invention is comprised within the sector of the industry dedicated to the manufacture of sports accessories, focusing particularly on the field of climbing accessories.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0004] Climbing enthusiasts now have two ways to practice and train:
    • On a professional climbing wall, where insurance is sometimes required to practice. In this case, like the need to adhere to a certain schedule because there are other users who are using the wall, travelling also entails a drawback. Furthermore, climbing walls are seldom available because the users of a professional climbing wall are usually there for several hours in order to get the most out of their time and money.
    • On a private climbing wall installed at the user's home or at a particular installation. In this case, the main drawback is the large investment required for installing the wall. Furthermore, a lot of space is required, although good availability is obtained in exchange. However, the versatility and variety are usually limited and cannot be expanded in some cases.


    [0005] For these reasons, the objective of the present invention relates to the development of a portable device for climbing training which can be installed anywhere and does not require too much space.

    [0006] The patent document JP2012152542 discloses a portable device for climbing including a set of a plurality of elements, such as at least one main rope, two foot supports and a holding unit with grips for the hands. The main rope being able to be tied to a support or an elevated point, and the holding unit and the foot supports being able to be tied at different heights on the main rope. The holding units are connected to the main rope using a cordelette while at least one of the foot supports is connected to the main rope using a cordelette. The main rope disclosed in JP2012152542 is a special climbing rope which is tied at least at one end to a support or overhang and optionally tied at its other end to one of the foot supports while the other foot support is tied using a section of cordelette and the holding unit are tied along the main rope.

    [0007] The patent document US2014073495 discloses a rope device for ensuring stability of working posture on a tree. In the rope device, a first connector is attached to one end part of one long rope. A first length adjuster is attached to the long rope at a position apart from the first connector by a certain length. A second connector is attached to the first length adjuster. The part of the long rope extending nearly from the first connector to the first length adjuster provides a double rope system DRS. A second length adjuster and a third length adjuster are attached at the positions on the long rope apart backward from the first length adjuster with an interval of a certain length. Third and fourth connectors are attached to these second and third length adjusters. The part of the rope extending from the second length adjuster to the third length adjuster provides a lanyard system LYS.

    [0008] However, neither document JP2012152542 nor document US2014073495 disclose the technical features of the present invention.

    [0009] As a reference to the current state of the art, it must be pointed out that the applicant in any case is unaware of the existence of any other portable device for climbing training or device with a similar application having technical, structural, or constitutive features similar to those of the device of this invention.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



    [0010] The portable device for climbing training proposed by the invention is therefore configured as a remarkable novelty within its field of application, since the objectives indicated above are satisfactorily achieved based on its implementation, the characterizing details thereof which make it possible being conveniently included in the final claims accompanying the present specification.

    [0011] As described above, the portable device for climbing training object of the invention is configured as a portable kit made up of a set of a plurality of elements allowing its possible attachment to any space, in addition to a wall support, simply with the premise that it can be hung from a point that is somewhat elevated to enable practicing climbing and/or mountaineering exercises.

    [0012] The mentioned set of elements making up the portable device of the invention comprises at least one main rope, two foot support elements, and a plurality of units with holding grips of different shapes and sizes for the hands, and a wall anchor for use thereof.

    [0013] On the main rope, which is tied strongly enough at one end to an overhang or elevated point, for example, the branch of a tree, the holding units are tied on the rope at different heights and the foot supports are tied in the lower portion.

    [0014] Furthermore, to enable changing the position of said holding units with ease, they are connected to the main rope through two points using a "cordelette" or an auxiliary cord and a lower rear fastener, such that the first point of attachment is located between the cordelette and the main rope, and the second point of attachment is located between the main rope and the lower rear fastener in the base plate of the holding unit.

    [0015] Likewise, the hand units may be both fixed and not fixed through their fastener to the main rope, providing the device with more possibilities of practicing exercises, reproducing new movements and more complex engrams.

    [0016] Likewise, one of the foot supports is also connected to the main rope by means of using a section of cordelette, while the other is directly attached to the lower end of the main rope. Furthermore, the lower end of the main rope can be fixed, so the inclination of the set can be changed.

    [0017] In any case, it must be indicated that the mode and arrangement of each of said elements will be those that best suit each case and/or those the climber prefer for the type of exercise envisaged, where the fact that a net, a climbing wall, a rope having a variable length and safety rings, etc., can be assembled from the described device must be highlighted.

    [0018] In any case, the described portable device for climbing training consists of an innovative structure having features that were unknown up until now for its intended purpose, and these reasons, combined with its practical usefulness, give the invention sufficient grounds for obtaining the exclusive right that is sought.

    DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0019] To complement the description that is being made and for the purpose of helping to better understand the features of the invention, a set of drawings is attached to the present specification as an integral part thereof, in which the following has been depicted with an illustrative and non-limiting character:

    Figure 1 shows a schematic perspective view of a practical embodiment of the portable device for climbing training, depicted such that the mode of use by a climber can be seen;

    Figure 2 shows an elevational view of an example of a foot support the device according to the invention has, the configuration thereof being seen;

    Figure 3 shows a rear elevational view of an embodiment of the base plate of the holding units the device of the invention has, depicted without being attached to the rope and without any of the elements it incorporates, such that the holes envisaged for said incorporation can be seen;

    Figures 4 and 5 shows respective front and rear elevational views of an example of the holding units the device of the invention has, the elements comprised in the manner of passing the cordelette and of attaching same to the main rope being seen in this case; and

    Figure 6 shows a perspective view of an enlarged detail of the rear portion of one of the holding units of the device according to the invention, showing the fastener which fixes said unit to the main rope.


    PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION



    [0020] In view of the described drawings and according to the numbering used, a non-limiting example of the portable device for climbing training of the invention which comprises the parts and elements that are indicated and described in detail below can be seen therein.

    [0021] In this case, as observed in said Figure 1, the device (1) at hand is essentially made up of three main elements: the main rope (2), two foot supports (3), and a plurality of units (4) with holding grips (7) for the hands, preferably five.

    [0022] The main rope (2) is a climbing rope with a special sheath which is tied at least at one of its ends to an overhang located at an elevated point, such as a tree (not depicted in the drawings), for example. One of the foot supports (3) is tied at its other end, while the other support (3) is tied using a section of cordelette (5). Holding units (4) are tied along the rope (2), using a cordelette (5), where both supports (3) tied with a section of cordelette (5) can be used as described in detail below.

    [0023] Optionally, furthermore, the lower end of the main rope (2) can also be fixed to a suitable overhang and the inclination of the set can therefore be changed.

    [0024] As seen in Figure 2, the foot supports (3) are formed by parts (31) having a triangular shape and a central cavity (32) with a lower flange (33) like a stirrup for supporting the feet and for the user to be able to "edge" or practice other techniques. These triangular parts (31) have three holes (6) in the upper portion to enable passing the cordelette (5) therethrough in a specific manner and tying it to the main rope (2).

    [0025] In reference to Figure 3, an embodiment of the base plate (41) of the holding units (4) is shown. This base (41) is made up of a triangular plate, preferably made of wood, which can be of different shapes and sizes, and constitutes the support for a grip (7) in each holding unit (4), consisting of a protruding body which the climber holds with his or her limbs. Like in the case of parts (31) of the foot supports (3), at the upper end or vertex of the triangle forming said base (41) there are provided three holes (6) for tying the cordelette (5) in a specific manner, securing the unit (4) to the main rope (2).

    [0026] Furthermore, a slot (42) is arranged in the center of the lower portion of the base (41) so that the main rope (2) is housed and fixed, if desired, by means of a fastener (8) described in detail below. Respective housings (43) for accommodating the elements of the fastener (8) have also been provided in the lower portion of the base plate (41).

    [0027] Likewise, two holes (43) are arranged in approximately the lower center of the base plate (41) so as to house two embedded threads (9) and to secure the grip (7) by means of threading, thereby allowing the grip to be exchanged in a simple manner. The possibility of leaving some bases (41) not secured to the main rope (2) through the rear fastener (8) so as to make the exercise more versatile is optional.

    [0028] The bases (41) preferably have three sizes that are proportional to one another, maintaining the measurements and arrangement of the holes (6), the slot (42) for the fastener (8), as well as the separation measurements and diameter of the holes and screws for securing the grips (7).

    [0029] As mentioned, the grips (7) are the main holding elements which are secured to the base (41) by means of two screws (10) and the mentioned embedded threads (9), preferably one being an M10 and the other being an M4, and can have different shapes and dimensions, where the only constant is the distance and position of the screws so that they can be used in a base (41) of any size.

    [0030] As shown in Figure 6, the fastener (8) fixes at the bottom of the base plate (41) to the main rope (2) is preferably made up of a belt section (81) with a securing element (82) which, when inserted in the slot (42) of the base (41), surrounds the main rope (2).

    [0031] Finally, it must be pointed out that a cordelette (5) about one meter in length, tied with a Prusik (Prussian), autoblock, or Marshall knot to said main rope (2) and inserted in a specific manner into the holes (6), is preferably used for the upper securing of the base (41) with the main rope (2). With this knot, the unit (4) is secured and fixed to the main rope (2), given that the lower securing of the main rope (2) and the base (41) with the previously described fastener (8) serves to prevent the units (4) from turning, whereas with this upper knot, the height of the unit (4) is adapted to the main rope (2).


    Claims

    1. Portable device for climbing training, comprising a set of a plurality of elements, said plurality of elements comprising one main rope (2), two foot supports (3), and a plurality of holding units (4) with grips (7) for the hands, the main rope (2) being able to be tied to a support or an elevated point, and the holding units (4) and the foot supports (3) being tied at different heights on the main rope (2), where the holding units (4) are connected to the main rope (2) using a cordelette (5) while at least one of the foot supports (3) is connected to the main rope (2) using a cordelette (5), the main rope (2) being a special climbing rope characterized in that the holding units (4) are formed by a base plate (41), preferably made of wood, to which a grip (7) is attached, wherein a slot (42) is arranged in the center of a lower portion of the base plate (41), so that the base plate (41), if desired, may be fixed to the main rope (2) by means of a fastener (8).
     
    2. Portable device for climbing training according to claim 1, characterized in that the foot supports (3) are formed by parts (31) with a central cavity (32) and a lower flange (33) for "edging" or practicing other techniques, where the parts (31) of the supports (3) have three holes (6) made in the upper portion to pass the cordelette (5) therethrough and to allow tying same to the main rope (2).
     
    3. Portable device for climbing training according to claim 1, characterized in that the holding units (4) are formed by base plates (41) of different shapes and sizes.
     
    4. Portable device for climbing training according to any of claim 3, characterized in that the base plate (41) is made up of a triangular plate with holes (6) in its upper portion for tying the cordelette (5) which secures the holding unit (4) to the main rope (2).
     
    5. Portable device for climbing training according to claim 1, characterized in that the fastener (8) is made up of a belt section (81) with a securing element (82) which, when inserted in the slot (42) of the base plate, surrounds the main rope (2).
     
    6. Portable device for climbing training according to claim 4, characterized in that the cordelette (5) is tied with an autoblock, Prusik, or Marshall knot to said main rope (2) and inserted into the holes (6) provided in the upper portion of the base plate (41).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Tragbare Vorrichtung für Klettertraining, umfassend einen Satz von einer Vielzahl von Elementen, wobei die genannte Vielzahl von Elementen ein Hauptseil (2), zwei Fußstützen (3) und eine Vielzahl von Halteeinheiten (4) mit Griffen (7) für die Hände umfasst, wobei das Hauptseil (2) in der Lage ist, an einer Stütze oder einem erhöhten Punkt gebunden zu werden, und wobei die Halteeinheiten (4) und die Fußstützen (3) auf unterschiedlichen Höhen am Hauptseil (2) gebunden sind, wobei die Halteeinheiten (4) unter Verwendung einer Reepschnur (5) mit dem Hauptseil (2) verbunden sind, während mindestens eine der Fußstützen (3) unter Verwendung einer Reepschnur (5) mit dem Hauptseil (2) verbunden ist, wobei das Hauptseil (2) eines besonderes Kletterseil ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Halteeinheiten (4) aus einer Grundplatte (41) gebildet sind, vorzugsweise aus Holz hergestellt, an welcher ein Griff (7) befestigt ist, wobei ein Schlitz (42) in der Mitte des unteren Teils der Grundplatte (41) angeordnet ist, sodass die Grundplatte (41), falls gewünscht, mittels eines Befestigungsmittels (8) am Hauptseil (2) fixiert werden kann.
     
    2. Tragbare Vorrichtung für Klettertraining nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Fußstützen (3) aus Teilen (31) mit einer mittigen Aushöhlung (32) und einem unteren Flansch (33) für "Kanten treten" oder das Üben anderer Techniken gebildet sind, wobei die Teile (31) der Stützen (3) drei Löcher (6) aufweisen, im oberen Teil hergestellt, um die Reepschnur (5) dadurch zu führen und um das Binden derselben am Hauptseil (2) zu erlauben.
     
    3. Tragbare Vorrichtung für Klettertraining nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Halteeinheiten (4) aus Grundplatten (41) mit unterschiedlichen Formen und Größen gebildet sind.
     
    4. Tragbare Vorrichtung für Klettertraining nach einem der Ansprüche 3, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Grundplatte (41) aus einer dreieckigen Platte mit Löchern (6) in deren oberen Teil für das Binden der Reepschnur (5) gebildet ist, welche Reepschnur (5) die Halteeinheit (4) an das Hauptseil (2) sichert.
     
    5. Tragbare Vorrichtung für Klettertraining nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Befestigungsmittel (8) aus einem Gurtabschnitt (81) mit einem Sicherungselement (82) gebildet ist, welcher, wenn er in den Schlitz (42) der Grundplatte eingeführt ist, das Hauptseil (2) umgibt.
     
    6. Tragbare Vorrichtung für Klettertraining nach Anspruch 4, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Reepschnur (5) mit einem Autoblock-, Prusik- oder Marshallknoten am genannten Hauptseil (2) gebunden ist und in die Löcher (6) eingeführt ist, welche im oberen Teil der Grundplatte (41) vorgesehen sind.
     


    Revendications

    1. Équipement portable pour l'entraînement à l'escalade, comprenant un ensemble d'une pluralité d'éléments, ladite pluralité d'éléments comprenant une corde principale (2), deux supports de pied (3) et une pluralité d'unités de soutien (4) avec des poignées (7) pour les mains, la corde principale (2) pouvant être attachée à un support ou à un point élevé, et les unités de soutien (4) et les supports de pied (3) étant attachés à différentes hauteurs sur la corde principale (2), où les unités de soutien (4) sont reliées à la corde principale (2) à l'aide d'une cordelette (5) tandis qu'au moins l'un des supports de pied (3) est relié à la corde principale (2) à l'aide d'une cordelette (5), la corde principale (2) étant une corde d'escalade spéciale caractérisée en ce que les unités de soutien (4) sont formées par une plaque de base (41), de préférence en bois, à laquelle une poignée (7) est fixée, dans lequel une fente (42) est disposée au centre de la partie inférieure de la plaque de base (41), de sorte que la plaque de base (41), si désiré, peut être fixée à la corde principale (2) au moyen d'une attache (8).
     
    2. Équipement portable pour l'entraînement à l'escalade selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que les supports de pied (3) sont formés par des pièces (31) avec une cavité centrale (32) et un rebord inférieur (33) pour "bordure" ou pratiquer d'autres techniques, où les parties (31) des supports (3) ont trois trous (6) pratiqués dans la partie supérieure pour y faire passer la cordelette (5) et pour permettre de l'attacher à la corde principale (2).
     
    3. Équipement portable pour l'entraînement à l'escalade selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que les unités de soutien (4) sont constituées par des plaques de base (41) de formes et de tailles différentes.
     
    4. Équipement portable pour l'entraînement à l'escalade selon l'une quelconque de la revendication 3, caractérisé en ce que la plaque de base (41) est constituée d'une plaque triangulaire avec des trous (6) dans sa partie supérieure pour attacher la cordelette (5) qui sécurise l'unité de soutien (4) à la corde principale (2).
     
    5. Équipement portable pour l'entraînement à l'escalade selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que l'attache (8) est constituée d'une section de ceinture (81) avec un élément de fixation (82) qui, lorsqu'il est inséré dans la fente (42) de la plaque de base, entoure la corde principale (2).
     
    6. Équipement portable pour l'entraînement à l'escalade selon la revendication 4, caractérisé en ce que la cordelette (5) est attachée avec un nœud autobloquant, Prusik ou Marshall à ladite corde principale (2) et insérée dans les trous (6) prévus dans la partie supérieure de la plaque de base (41).
     




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