Petzl "Ascension"

 
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Very Useful Tool

I have both a set of Petzl Ascension, and Black Diamond nForce ascenders. They both have their strengths.



Sherrill doesn't sell (yet?) the Black Diamond ascenders, but the Petzl product works very well. It has two rings on the bottom for carabiner attachments, which helps keep the ropes tidy if you've got one strap to your harness and another to a foot loop (and another to a micro-pulley).



The Petzl locks open and closes with an easy push of the thumb, but taking ascender off the rope can be difficult with just one hand if you're wearing a glove, because it involves pushing on a small plastic nub. The Black Diamond nForce has a trigger which is a little easier to operate gloved one-handed.



The grip is good and secure, and it frees easily for ascending. I will occasionally use it as a back-up when rappelling down, letting it slide along the rope above my belay device; if needed a quick flick of the thumb would give an instant lock onto the rope.



It's possible if torquing it around a branch or bend to slide it off the rope when ascending it up the rope, but that's uncommon, and you wouldn't be having it hold your weight at that point, anyway.



If you haven't worked much with ascenders, they are hard if not impossible to remove when weighted even a little bit (I guess that's the point, but if you're anchored in at another location and trying to remove the ascender, you have to be able to slide it up a little)

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