Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50
Holds wet rope.
- Best ascender on the market
- Being right- and left-hand specific is both a pro and a con
So, I have said the same thing on my Petzl Croll review, but in a "Frog" Ascension system, the Croll and Ascension are both critical components. You can't have one without the other.
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, but I'll stick with the leader when it comes to my safety.
Photo is me ascending out of Rumbling Falls Cave. My hand is gripping the Petzl Ascension. You can see the gold Petzl Croll at my chest.
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. Usually, it's not a big deal, but then others wind up in the obituary section, because they didn't know what they were doing.)
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.
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.
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 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 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
Updated to provide greater comfort, efficiency and ease of use, the Petzl Ascenion ascender is great for aid climbing, mountaineering or caving. Updated molded grip features a more ergonomically shaped handle that provides greater comfort than the previous version; grip is over-molded with rubber for greater friction. Large index finger indent increases efficiency when pulling on the ascender. Chrome-plated, spring-loaded steel cam features angled teeth and a self-cleaning slot to securely grip the rope, even in wet, muddy or icy conditions. Cam has been refined to glide more easily along the rope, requiring less effort during long sessions of jugging. Open/close trigger is now recessed inside the ascender's frame to avoid accidentally opening the cam while in use; trigger can still be operated with 1 hand. Safety catch prevents the cam from opening too far, thereby keeping the rope captured. Includes multiple attachment points to allow for different uses, such as self-belaying or hauling. Anodized frame is color coded for easy identification; black ascender is for the left hand and gray is for the right. Designed for use with ropes between 8 and 13mm in diameter.
There's a reason that the Petzl Ascension is the most popular ascender for big wall climbers. Its simple, functional, ergonomic design makes it the choice for any aid line out there. The thumb catch makes it easy to partially release the cam and ease your progress low on the pitch where rope weight isn't helping you yet. Wet, muddy, or icy ropes' Not a problem for this ascender's super-aggressive teeth. Petzl also added a top carabiner loop as an additional security measure for when you're cleaning the Great Roof.
Free Shipping. Petzl Ascension Ascender DECENT FEATURES of the Petzl Ascension Ascender Molded grip provides even greater comfort with a more ergonomically shaped handle. This shape keeps your hand from sliding to the bottom of the frame each time you pull on the Ascension. The bi-material handle includes a rubber over molded grip, increasing the comfort and grip in wet or icy conditions Chrome-plated steel cam with angled teeth and self-cleaning slot securely grips the rope, even in muddy or icy conditions Ergonomic trigger allows one-handed installation and removal Mono-frame construction eliminates weaknesses and keeps the ascender lightweight and durable for years of use The two attachment points allow for different uses (e.g. self- belaying, hauling systems, etc.) Anodized frames are color coded for easy identification (black -left / gray -right) Safety catch prevents the cam from opening too far, helping To keep the rope captured for added safety 1 cm secondary hole at the bottom will accommodate a screw link for attaching aiders, slings, etc The SPECS of the Petzl Ascension Ascender Weight: 195 g Case Quantity: 14 Certification(s): CE EN 567, UIAA For use with ropes between 8 and 13 mm in diameter Material(s): Aluminum frame, chrome-plated steel cam, rubber over molded plastic grip, nylon catch ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.