Big Wall and Aid Gear

Recent Big Wall / Aid Gear Reviews

Petzl Shunt

rated 5 of 5 stars I highly recommend the Shunt. Use with extreme caution like any piece of equipment. Warning: Never attach a lanyard to the little hole at the back to be used as a 'Tow Line'! Warning : Never attach a Lanyard to the little hole at the back to be used as a 'Tow Line'! I use the Shunt for top roping usually with extended friction hitch backup above the Shunt, which is itself extended from the belay loop. Sometimes I use the Shunt for leg loop placement descending backup instead of a friction hitch. Full review

Kong Lift Ascender

rated 4 of 5 stars A pretty good ascender that feels more solid than the Petzl. I borrowed one of these for a couple climbs.  It is more heavy and solid feeling than the Petzl.  I liked it, but I think when the teeth wear down a bit it may slide and catch.  There are no teeth on the outside edges of the cam.   That being said, it may take a long time to wear out one of these; the cam feels like solid steel. Also of note, the cam spring tension is more than a Petzl, so it takes more pressure for the rope to feed. Full review

CMI Ultrascender

rated 5 of 5 stars Review for Short Ultracenders. These are smooth and bombproof. I got a pair of these a long time ago. Wore out the cams around 100,000'. CMI replaced the cams, then after 50,000-70,000' more the cams got replaced again.   I still have them, and they still work, but the rope wells are getting very worn so I don't use them as much as I did.   Super company, awesome product, and made in the USA. Full review

Petzl Ascension

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great ascender. This is my favorite handled ascender.  I own three of them. One is retired, and has over 150,000' of rope work on it. The teeth were starting to get too thin, so I replaced it with a new one. The ascender still bites due to Petzl's great design! Full review

Petzl Pro Traxion

rated 5 of 5 stars Very good progress capture pulley. Review on the older style, the design is newer for 2015. This is a great pulley. Used it to haul large amounts of rope and gear in caves. The larger diameter helps, as well as the progress capture cam. One trip I was hauling by myself and could barely get the load to move. The cam captured every bit of my progress so I was able to get the load up. Could not have done it with a regular pulley. Another big bonus is the ability to remove or add the haul line while… Full review

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 supposed 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… Full review

Advanced Base Camp Ascenders Ascender
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Black Diamond Alpine Aiders Daisy Chain/Etrier
$22 - $29
Black Diamond Bosun's Chair
$52 - $69
Black Diamond Cliff Cabana Double Portaledge Portaledge
Black Diamond Cliff Cabana Portaledge Portaledge
Black Diamond Cliffhanger Hook
$10 - $13
Black Diamond Deluxe Fly, Double Portaledge
Black Diamond Deluxe Fly, Single Portaledge
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dynex Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$26 - $44
Black Diamond Etrier Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30 - $44
Black Diamond Fifi Hook Hook
$11 - $14
Black Diamond Grappling Hook Hook
$12 - $15
Black Diamond Index Ascender Ascender
$64 - $84
Black Diamond Nylon Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$14 - $21
Black Diamond Pecker Hook
Black Diamond Pulley Pulley
$19 - $24
Black Diamond Rotor
$41 - $54
Black Diamond Single Portaledge Portaledge
$487 - $699
Black Diamond Stubby Haul Bag Haul Bag
$101 - $134
Black Diamond Talon Hook
$15 - $19
Black Diamond Touchstone Haul Bag Haul Bag
$142 - $189
Black Diamond Yosemite Hammer Hammer
Black Diamond Zion Haul Bag Haul Bag
$187 - $249
BlueWater Ropes Titan Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$11 - $15
CAMP Aluminum Fifi Hook Hook
$12 - $14
CAMP Andry Pulley
CAMP Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$16 - $24
CAMP Daisy Chain Twist Daisy Chain/Etrier
$26 - $34
CAMP Dryad Pulley
$30 - $39
CAMP Dryad Pro Pulley
$37 - $49
CAMP Dyneema Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$24 - $29
CAMP Janus Pulley
$52 - $69
CAMP Janus Pro Large Double Pulley Pulley
$72 - $89
CAMP Large Mobile Pulley Pulley
$45 - $59
CAMP Lift Ascender Ascender
$41 - $54
CAMP Naiad Pulley
$37 - $49
CAMP Pilot Ascender Ascender
$60 - $63
CAMP Piton Hammer Hammer
$80 - $99
CAMP Pulley Small Fixed Pulley
$19 - $24
CAMP Solo 2 Ascender Ascender
$56 - $69
CAMP Sphinx Pro Pulley
$22 - $29
CAMP Tethys Pulley
$20 - $24
CAMP Tethys Pro Pulley
$22 - $29
CAMP Torre 70 Haul Bag
CAMP Turbo Chest Ascender Ascender
$60 - $79
CAMP Turbo Foot Ascender
$60 - $79
CAMP Turboloop Daisy Chain/Etrier
$22 - $29
CAMP Wing 2 Arms Pulley
CAMP Wing 2 Traveling Pulley Pulley
$97 - $129
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