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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Type of Use 
 
1.0
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
4.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
5.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
5.0

Petzl Basic Ascender

This was my first mechanical ascender used to tie my foot loop to the climbing line. I was not aware of prusik loops at that time so this was the option I took. After improving my climbing education, I figure out other ways to use this tool. It can be used as any "handled" ascender with the difference that this one does not have a handle. It can be incorporaded in the RADS system for SRT Climbing or it can be used to replace the friction hitch in a DRT set up. I like this tool because it is durable, easy to use and fairly economical. It works in the same principal as the Croll ascender. Give it try and you will agree!

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