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Recent Big Wall / Aid Gear Reviews

Singing Rock Footer Ascender Sling

rated 4 of 5 stars The Singing Rock Footer Ascender Sling is a quality, adjustable foot tape that allows those using a Frog ascending system to set the right length for climbing rope. As with all Sing Rock equipment I have used, I find it reasonably priced and well worth considering. At the heart of a "Frog" rope ascension system is a foot ascender, with its accompanying foot lanyard. The foot ascender has two lines coming off of it. The first, is the life supporting lanyard that attaches to the harness. The second… Full review

Petzl Shunt

rated 1 of 5 stars Unnecessary, "psychological" backup. I was terrified of rappelling and ascending ropes 14 years ago. So I bought the Shunt as a "back up" in case I messed up a rappel. The Shunt connects from your harness to the rope above your rappel device. To descend, you must use your non-dominate hand to hold open the cam. If you let go, the cam slams shut, pinching the rope and halting your descent. To that end, this device works fine. HOWEVER, human nature in a fall is to grab hold and squeeze tighter. In… Full review

Singing Rock Puller Chest Ascender Harness

rated 4 of 5 stars An important part of any ascension system, the Singing Rock Puller Chest Harness is well-made and dependable. I have owned several of these units, retiring them as age requires. They are still available in climbing stores and well worth the few bucks. Singing Rock is a great company, and this is a great item to use with a Frog Ascension System. The harness keeps your chest ascender (I prefer Petzl's Croll) in place on a climb. Without it, a climber would risk the ascender disconnecting from the… Full review

Petzl Pantin

rated 5 of 5 stars Does what it is suppose to do quite well. I have been using the Patin for years as a supplement to my Frog Ascension. Normally, when you start out ascending a rope, you have to pinch the rope between your feet to get started. This is because, until you get a good 10' off the ground, there is not enough weight on the rope to automatically pull it through the ascenders. Pinching the rope with construction boots on can be a task, and a climber can expend a lot of energy in the initial ascent. The Pantin… Full review

Petzl Ascension

rated 5 of 5 stars The Petzl Ascension is the only foot ascender on the market worth looking at. Although the price is a bit higher, I have known cavers who regretted trying cheaper alternatives. If you are new to rope work, Petzl is the brand to buy...period! So, I have said the same thing on my Petzl Croll review, but in a "Frog" ascending system, the Croll and Ascension are both critical components. You can't safely have one without the other. The Petzl Ascention is the only foot ascender I've ever used for caving. Full review

Petzl Croll

rated 5 of 5 stars As a component in rope ascending, the Petzl Croll continues to be the best on the market. It is easy to use, even while wearing gloves. It holds true on wet, gritty rope. I have trusted my life to this item numerous times and will continue to do so. Petzl's ascenders are the only ones I've ever used for caving. They work right every time. I can set and remove them while wearing gloves. I literally have trusted my life with them scores of times. Petzl tends to be a bit pricier than other other brands,… Full review

Petzl Ascension

rated 5 of 5 stars I got the Petzl Ascension ascender to replace my prussik cords for jugging fixed lines. In my search, I tried out numerous types of ascending devices such as the Black Diamond nForce and the Petzl Tibloc, but the Ascension stood out as the best piece for the job. I picked the left handed version so that I switch from using the "double ascender" method of jugging to the ascender/grigri method when I got enough money to guy the grigri. I also carry it along in case I need to perform a self rescue. Full review

Petzl Quickfix

rated 4 of 5 stars Hi Friends, I use that and have good climbing times with it. In above route it is useful 100%. In traverse aid climbing it has a problem on changing the etriers. That means in traverse routes hang down from that is hard. Full review

Petzl Tibloc

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I first saw this device in a climbing mag. As a rescue tech, I/we are always looking to try out new ideas, especially when they are this inexpensive and LIGHT! The Tibloc can be used as an emergency ascender on single rope up to 11mm (I've used it on 12mm with no probs.) and also as a makeshift locking pulley for hauling systems like the Z-rig. Works best with an oval or HMS carabiner with a round body. Plus side: Super simple, can't be removed from rope unless the attaching biner is removed also,… Full review

Top-Rated Big Wall and Aid Gear

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Yates
Butterfly Rivet Hanger
$4 MSRP
Petzl Ultralegere
Petzl
Ultralegere
Pulley
$5
CAMP Wing 2 Arms
CAMP
Wing 2 Arms
Pulley
$5
Misty Mountain Slings
Misty Mountain
Slings
$5
Metolius Easy Daisy
Metolius
Easy Daisy
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$5 - $24
BlueWater Ropes K2 Micro Pulley
BlueWater Ropes
K2 Micro Pulley
Pulley
$11
CAMP Aluminum Fifi Hook
CAMP
Aluminum Fifi Hook
Hook
$12
BlueWater Ropes Titan Daisy Chain
BlueWater Ropes
Titan Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$12 - $24
Black Diamond Cliffhanger
Black Diamond
Cliffhanger
Hook
$12
Black Diamond Fifi Hook
Black Diamond
Fifi Hook
Hook
$13
Black Diamond Grappling Hook
Black Diamond
Grappling Hook
Hook
$14
Petzl Fifi
Petzl
Fifi
Hook
$15
SMC CR Pulley
SMC
CR Pulley
Pulley
$14
CAMP Pulley Small Fixed
CAMP
Pulley Small Fixed
Pulley
$15 - $27
CAMP Brass Bushing Fixed Pulley
CAMP
Brass Bushing Fixed Pulley
Pulley
$15
CAMP Mobile Pulley Brass Bushing
CAMP
Mobile Pulley Brass Bushing
$15
Mammut Wall 8
Mammut
Wall 8
Ascender
$15
Black Diamond Nylon Daisy Chain
Black Diamond
Nylon Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$15
Petzl Oscillante
Petzl
Oscillante
Pulley
$15
CAMP Small Pulley Mobile
CAMP
Small Pulley Mobile
Pulley
$15 - $27
Black Diamond Talon
Black Diamond
Talon
Hook
$18
Petzl Footape
Petzl
Footape
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$32
Petzl Footcord
Petzl
Footcord
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$37
Black Diamond Pecker
Black Diamond
Pecker
Hook
$20
Petzl Goutte D'eau
Petzl
Goutte D'eau
Hook
$21
Black Diamond Pulley
Black Diamond
Pulley
Pulley
$22
 
Yates
Adjustable Daisy Strap
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$22
Black Diamond Alpine Aiders
Black Diamond
Alpine Aiders
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$23
Trango Ultratape Daisy Chain
Trango
Ultratape Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$24
Black Diamond Dynex Daisy Chain
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Dynex Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$24 - $35
CAMP Daisy Chain
CAMP
Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$25
Fixe Drill Bit
Fixe
Drill Bit
$25
CAMP Dyneema Daisy Chain
CAMP
Dyneema Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30
Petzl Fixe
Petzl
Fixe
Pulley
$28
Petzl Paw S
Petzl
Paw S
$27 - $31
Sterling Rope Daisy Chains
Sterling Rope
Daisy Chains
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$28
CAMP Mobile Pulley Ball Bearing
CAMP
Mobile Pulley Ball Bearing
Pulley
$28
Metolius Personal Anchor System - P.A.S.
Metolius
Personal Anchor System - P.A.S.
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$28 - $39
Metolius Alpine Aider
Metolius
Alpine Aider
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30
Metolius Pocket Aider
Metolius
Pocket Aider
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30
Petzl Quickfix
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Quickfix
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30 MSRP
Metolius 5 Step Aider
Metolius
5 Step Aider
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30 - $35
Petzl Tibloc
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Tibloc
Ascender
$33
CMI Micro Pulley
CMI
Micro Pulley
Pulley
$32
CMI RP110 Pulley
CMI
RP110 Pulley
Pulley
$33
Metolius Easy Aider
Metolius
Easy Aider
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$33
Trango Alpine Aider
Trango
Alpine Aider
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$33
Metolius 4 Step Aider
Metolius
4 Step Aider
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$35
CAMP Daisy Chain Twist
CAMP
Daisy Chain Twist
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$35
Petzl Footpro
Petzl
Footpro
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$35 MSRP
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