Petzl Ascension

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I got the Petzl Ascension ascender to replace my prussik…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $70

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.

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The Good:

The best feature of the Ascension that makes it stand out over the competitors is how smoothly it slides up and down the climbing rope. Also, the thumb trigger makes the device very easy on and off the rope as you pass up gear placements while cleaning aid pitches.

The device itself has two attachment points on the bottom of the device, which are plenty big to fit even large carabiners into, and the holes at the top of the device allow you to create a 3-to-1 pulley system with a loose carabiner for taking in slack with the ascender/grigri method.

This feature has proven extremely useful when installing or removing bolts on sport routes. Weight is another plus to the ascension, weighing in at 196 grams (less than other competitors of similar shape). One of the cool features I like to use the ascension for is self-belaying on a fixed top rope line as opposed to using a locking pulley.

The Bad:

Some of my climbing partners commented that the hole at the bottom was not large enough to rotate a locking carabiner 360 degrees, but I don't see this as being an issue that I will ever have to deal with.

Overall:

Overall I am totally satisfied with the Petzl Ascension. It meets all my needs and offers great versatility either climbing, caving, or jugging. I would highly recommend this product if you are in the market for an ascender.

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The Petzl Ascension is the only foot ascender on the…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50

Summary

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!

Pros

  • Best ascender on the market
  • Holds on wet, gritty rope
  • Can be used with gloves on

Cons

  • Being right- and left-hand specific is both a pro and a con
  • Make sure to buy the ascender made for your dominate hand

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. It works right every time. I can set and remove it while wearing gloves. It holds on wet, gritty rope. I literally have trusted my life to it scores of times.

Petzl tends to be a bit pricier than other other brands, but I have caved with people frustrated with the performance of their cheaper buys.

The photo below is of me hanging on the Ascension over a cave pit, approximately 60' off the pit floor. I'm switching over to my rappel rack in order to descend.

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As I state in many of my reviews, rope work in a cave is dangerous. One should not just pick up a bunch of equipment and go try it out. Join a caving club (called a "Grotto" and found at www.caves.org) and learn from them. It is also wise to find out what your local Grotto is using in caves. If you are using a system they are unfamiliar with, it will be difficult for them to assist you, should you get into trouble (and, yes, cavers get into trouble on ropes all the time).

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Petzl's Ascension page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Petzl Ascension Ascenders are the benchmark for handled ascenders and have been refined to provide greater comfort; efficiency, ease of use. The ergonomically shaped grip is over-molded with rubber for greater friction and the broader surface provides greater comfort while pulling on the ascender. The grip is wider at the bottom providing better comfort for your hand during use. The index finger indent has also been increased offering greater efficiency when pulling on the ascender. The trigger to open/close the cam is now recessed inside the frame to avoid accidentally opening the cam while in use. The cam has been redesigned to minimize friction when sliding the ascender along the rope while the angled teeth provide secure grip in the worst conditions (wet, icy, or on muddy ropes). The geometry of the single piece aluminum frame ensures optimal handle orientation when the device is loaded and will maintain solid, comfortable performance even after thousands of meters of jugging.

- CampSaver.com

Updated to provide greater comfort, efficiency and ease of use, the Petzl Ascenion ascender is great for aid climbing, mountaineering or caving.

- REI

The Petzl Ascension has been refined to provide greater comfort, efficiency, and ease of use. The ergonomically shaped grip is over molded with rubber for greater friction and the broader surface provides greater comfort while pulling on the ascender. The grip is wider at the bottom providing better comfort for your hand during use. The index finger indent has also been increased offering greater efficiency when pulling on the ascender. The trigger to open/close the cam is now recessed inside the frame to avoid accidentally opening the cam while in use. The cam has been redesigned to minimize friction when sliding the ascender along the rope while the angled teeth provide secure grip in the worst conditions (wet, icy, or on muddy ropes). The geometry of the single piece aluminum frame ensures optimal handle orientation when the device is loaded and will maintain solid, comfortable performance even after thousands of meters of jugging. Multiple attachment points allow for different uses (e.g. self-belaying, haul systems, etc) Anodized frames are color coded for easy identification (black -left / gray -right) Safety catch prevents the cam from opening too far thus keeping the rope captured for added safety 1 cm secondary hole at the bottom will accommodate a screw link for attaching aiders, slings, etc. For use with ropes between 8 and 13 mm in diameter.(left) gray 3-year guarantee

- OMCgear

Petzl Ascension AscenderThe reason that the Petzl Ascension Ascender is the most popular ascender for big wall climbers is its ergonomically shaped grip, it is over molded with rubber for greater friction and the broader surface provides greater comfort while pulling on the ascender in wet and icy conditions, the grip is wider at the bottom providing better comfort for your hand during use. This new shape keeps your hand from sliding to the bottom of the frame each time you pull on the Ascension. The chrome-plated steel cam with angled teeth and self-cleaning slot securely grips the rope, even in muddy or icy conditions. The trigger to open/close the cam is now recessed inside the frame to avoid accidentally opening the cam while in use. The geometry of the single Mono-frame ensures optimal handle orientation when the device is loaded and will maintain solid, comfortable performance even after years of use.

- SunnySports