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Ascending Tools
(Updated: August 23, 2008)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Type of Use 
 
3.0
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
4.0
Ease of Use 
 
4.0
Safety 
 
4.0
Strength 
 
4.0
Portability 
 
4.0

Like the Cub Scouts - True blue and gold.

For a very long time, the only ascenders I used were the CMI ultracenders. The handles on the CMI's are small. Petzl's ascenders offer a good sized grip without being too large overall.



During a rock climbing trip to Utah, I saw many of these ascenders in use on very high (200-800 foot) ascents. The climbers I spoke to said they wouldn't use anything else. I bought a pair that day. I really like them.



Strong, easy to use, and fairly light - a lot lighter than the ultracenders. These do take a bit of practice, but that goes for any new piece of gear.

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