Rock Exotica

Rock Exotica was started in a small garage in 1987. Rock Thompson had been experimenting with solo belay devices and purchased a war surplus mill for $250. He and his wife took it apart and rebuilt it over Christmas time to make it operable. The mill was all manual, so Rock had to turn both handles at the same time to make curves. The resulting device worked well, although it looked like something a caveman might have carved out.

A few months later more modern equipment was purchased and Rock Exotica began business. The company quickly became known for machining products out of solid alloy, which no one else was doing at the time due to the expense. Climbers and rescue people began contacting Rock Exotica asking and suggesting other high-end pieces of equipment. Some of the classic early products were the Wall Hauler, the Rescucender, the first Prusik-minding pulleys, and (admitted not very creatively named) the Swivel.

The company prospered and in the early 1990’s Rock began working in another venture making carabiners for a European company. Many of the Rock Exotica products became privately branded for another company.

In the early 2000’s Rock Exotica once again became active in designing and manufacturing the unique equipment we do best. The machinery is a little bit different now. We have a dozen high-end CNC machines. Some of the equipment includes machines that few, if any, in the industry have, such as high speed horizontal machining centers and multi-axis multi-task machines.

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  • Rock Exotica Aztek Kit

    The AZTEK system is used in rigging programs around the world. These, configured as “set-of-fours” (double blocks) will enable the rescue practitioner greater versatility in a personal mechanical advantage (PMA) for rescue and general rigging. Complete system with bag, two Aztek pulleys, main rope (8 or 9mm), two Prusiks, a travel restrict Prusik.  Carabiners and links are not included in this kit.


  • Rock Exotica Aztek Pro Kit

    Developed in the early 2000s by Reed Thorne and Ropes That Rescue, the AZTEK system has become a valuable multipurpose tool of rescue and technical rope access practitioners.

  • Rock Exotica Aztek Pulley Set

    Omni AZTEK two pulley set (with pin & cover) replacement for pulleys in the AZTEK system configured as “set-of-fours”.This is a Replacement Part for the Aztek System.


  • Rock Exotica Aztek Rope Set

    AZTEK  rope replacement set, complete with 50’ of 8mm rope, 2-6mm Rachet Loops, 1-6mm Travel Restrain Loop.


  • Rock Exotica Kootenay Ultra Pulley

    The original Kootenay knot passing pulley was built by Rock Exotica in the late 80’s. Since those days, many have copied the pulley and even used the original name, but none have made as many advancements in the design until now.

  • Rock Exotica Omni 2.0″ Double Swivel Pulley

    The unique design of the Omni with a swivel top is equivalent to three pieces of hardware: the pulley, the swivel and the carabiner to connect them. The result is one compact tool that costs less than the three pieces of hardware it replaces.

  • Rock Exotica Omni-Block 1.1″ Single

    The Rock Exotica Omni-Block 1.1 Single is the small sheave diameter, ingenious swing plate pulley on a swivel that has revolutionized rope access pulleys.


  • Rock Exotica Omni-Block 1.5″

    The Rock Exotica Omni-Block 1.5 inch pulleys are the large sheave diameter, ingenious swing plate pulley on a swivel that have revolutionized rigging pulleys.

  • Rock Exotica Omni-Block 2.0″ Single Swivel Pulley

    The Rock Exotica Omni-Block 2.0 inch pulleys are the large sheave diameter, ingenious swing plate pulley on a swivel that have revolutionized rigging pulleys.

  • Rock Exotica Omni-Block 2.6

    The Rock Exotica Omni-Block 2.6 is the biggest and baddest of all the Omni models.

  • Rock Exotica rockStar 3-D rigging plate

    The Rock Exotica rockStar gives rigging professionals a variety of advantages over flat rigplates. Revolutionized out of the UFO, this anchor plate greatly helps those working in dynamic environments by providing what is now becoming a rigging phenomenon: the floating anchor.


  • Rock Exotica SwivaBiner Auto-Lock

    The Rock Exotica Swivabiner brings together the best of two worlds by combining two Auto-Locking carabiners with a swivel. Designed as a strong connector with load orientation in mind, this SwivaBiner streamlines your rigging set up.


  • Rock Exotica The Bolt

    The BOLT rig plate uses a quick-detatchable stainless steel rod, or ‘bolt’, allowing you to connect your gear directly to the five connection points without using carabiners. The result is a cleaner connection, and when pulleys are involved, more efficient use of space when lined up side by side than when using a traditional rig […]

  • Rock Exotica TransPorter

    The transPorter is designed as a harness “tool-holder” made for ease of use and security.

  • Rock Exotica ENforcer

    The Enforcer is a compact aluminum load cell that measures force up to 20 kN. Utilizing two sampling modes, the Enforcer is able to monitor systems and log drop testing in high resolution. Unique features like Bluetooth connectivity and swivel attachment points separate the Enforcer into a class of its own. Case is included.