Ascenders and Descenders
Petzl ascenders are made for caving. All the Petzl ascenders
have been redesigned. The cams have a slot to shed mud and the teeth slide
up freely and grip firmly. The safety catch is ergonomically shaped for
efficient down-climbing and release. The handled Ascension is available
in right and left models. It is designed to be used with bulky gloves and
can be easily opened with one hand. The Basic is essentially the same, but
without the handle-suitable for ascending systems and adaptable to haul
systems and fall protection. The Croll is specifically shaped to sit flat
against the chest, but also works well as a foot ascender.
Designed as a foot ascender for the frog system for
deep systems, the Pantin can be helpful when ascending free drops, passing
knots, crossing rebelays or changing over. Kicks easily on and off rope.
May be used in some ropewalkers.
The Petzl Tibloc was designed as an emergency ascender.
Can be used in ascending systems or in haul systems. Works best with
round-cross section HMS carabiner. And the Tibloc can also be used to
open beer bottles. At 39g there's not much reason NOT to carry one.
These are the old standard. Long racks provide for widely variable
friction and are good for long, simply rigged, drops. Stainless steel
bars last longer but are heavier and give less friction. Aluminum bars
give more friction but wear faster and leave black stuff on the rope.
|SMC Rack w/6 Stainless Bars
|SMC Rack w/ Stainless Steel Tie-off Bar & 5 U-bars
|SMC Rack w/6 Aluminum Bars
Figure Eight w/Ears $35
Rescue Eight w/Ears $45
Stainless Rescue Eight w/Ears $30
These are classic European bobbin-style defenders.
The Stop has a lever which must be held to move. When released
descent should slow or cease. With the Simple, your brake hand
controls all the movement. Both work best on 8-10 mm rope, but
can be used on rope up to 12 mm.
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