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Serves many purposes and adds very little weight.

The Petzl Tibloc Ultralight Ascender serves so many purposes that it has a place on nearly any long rock climb, aid climb, or alpine climb. Pair this simple 1.4-ounce ascender with an oval-stock carabiner to create a self-locking pulley for bag hauling, crevasse rescue, or aiding a partner up a pitch. It can also be used as an ascender if you need to climb a rope to free a rappel or just can't follow a burly pitch. The Petzl Tibloc Ultralight Ascender also serves a multitude of uses in self-rescue situations.
  • Aggressive teeth work on snowy and icy ropes
  • Pair with a Petzl Ultralegere Pulley for an ultralight emergency haul kit
  • Note: use only on round-stock carabiners

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5 5

39 grams that could save your life

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the best piece of "oh shit" gear ever. With something so small, light and applicable I wouldn't go down a technical canyon without it. I originally bought this for my decent of neon canyon, but will begin to bring it along on my climbing adventures as well. With such compact device there is no reason not to bring it along. I haven't needed to use this, and have only practiced using it. Hopefully it can stay that way, regardless I felt much better about dropping into a keeper pothole in Neon canyon with this in my pack. We managed to get out with a submerged partner assist in black murky water, but had that failed it would have been nice to have a way out. My advice, keep this beauty on you.

39 grams that could save your life
5 5

Must Have - Every Climber, Every Time

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of those pieces of gear you should ALWAYS HAVE WITH YOU. Sure, you hope to not need it. Sure, you can and should use prusiks. But when you absolutely DO need it, there is no replacement for the tibloc - it makes rescue easier and faster, which translates into safer.

Get one, learn how to use it, and always take it with you.

5 5

Fantastic Piece of Kit

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lightweight always makes the cut onto your rack. Works great paired up with the oscillante pulley for rescue work or progress capture haul system. Sweet rescue ascender that grips faster than a prussic and alot lighter than a set of jumars. Expensive for what you get, but that describes climbing gear in general.

5 5

Never leave home without it

I always keep this on an Attach? with a prusik loop for emergency ascending. It's an absolutely crucial piece of gear for canyoneering, and it's so light and durable you never have to think about it until you need it. Like others have said, make sure to attach a piece of accessory cord to keep from losing it, and always use a thicker biner to keep from trashing your rope.

4 5

Careful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great piece of gear, small,light and useful. Be careful and make sure you set the biner lightly and make sure it can't move before you weight it. I have trashed one rope and learned my lesson. Keep an eye on it, and its good to go.

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Mark,

It's always best to use a thicker bar stock type locking carabiner such as the Petzl Attache with the Tibloc. This will ensure maximum "bite" into the rope, and minimize slippage like you are experiencing.

-Greg

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Even with a full size biner (I had the BD rock lock in it which is the same size or bigger than the Attache) if its not set properly or pulled at a funny angle or if the Tibloc rotates on the biner then it will shred ropes. Its useful to keep your thumb on it when you are moving it up the rope to keep it in the same spot.

5 5

Crucial piece of gear

The Tibloc is tiny, but extremely useful, durable, and a multitool mixed into one. Need to haul? Need to ascend a line? Rescue? It can do it all.

5 5

Little but useful

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

We were glad we had one of these in all of our gear this winter when we needed to make a Z-drag system to haul one of our party members up a 60 meter waterfall.

5 5

Nifty!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So light and useful! Very nice piece of gear to keep on the harness, especially in alpine/glacier terrain. much quicker, and easier than prusiks.

4 5

Lightweight and Very Useful

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This product does exactly what its intended to do. Its so light I usually keep one on my harness with a few other things that round out the "oh crap biner". We used them to ascend fix lines, I see where the handled ascender would be a little nicer but these worked just fine.

What diameter cord fits in the lanyard?

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What diameter cord fits in the lanyard?

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I got this thing to work in at least 11 mm fixed lines, I think it was actually 12 mm but we couldnt measure and dont know who put them in so its up for debate. Manufacturer recommends 8-11 mm.

5 5

Worth it -

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

For the weight? Space? Cost? for what it provides? I agree that it is essential kit. This combined with a microtraxion and a pulley is SO useful . Sure - you may not need it - but when you do...
And also agreed. These are not ascenders for regular duty. If I never have to use them then that's a good thing. I still carry them though.. Thats a smart thing.

Malan's Waterfall in Waterfall Canyon, Ogden, UT 9-3-11

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These things are crazy expensive for what they are, but are super useful to have! I keep them on my harness when canyoneeing just in case the rope doesn't touch the ground and I have to climb back up. If the rope gets stuck on the pull I can easily go back up without hauling heavy ascenders with me everywhere, to help get a grip on the rope when pulling it, and for use in pothole escape with some aiders! They are super lightweight and work well!

5 5

ALWAYS ON MY HARNESS

I always carry a Tibloc on my harness, along with a couple of prussic's, knife and in winter v-threader (made out of a coat hanger!). Can use for simul-climbing by clipping to a piece of gear with a large diameter locking carabiner with the rope running through the biner. Use two if you are climbing on double ropes. This way if the second falls they fall on the piece of gear and don't pull the leader off! WARNING!!! Cannot give slack to the second with this system, so they better have their poop together!

This little ascender looks like it has...

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This little ascender looks like it has some pretty aggressive teeth. Will this tear up the outside of my rope, the real application I'm looking for is using it in crevasse rescue

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The teeth on the Tibloc are fairly aggressive yes. However, if used *correctly*, you're fairly unlikely to see damage to your rope sheath, unless you're using it all the time (as any ascender will damage the rope over time).
The damage usually happens when the rope slips through the tibloc, so it tears the rope as it goes. Just make sure the tibloc has got a good solid 'bite' into the rope and it shouldn't slip.

The best bet is to practice using it.

Also, even in the worst case scenario, a damaged sheath is a small price to pay for getting your mate out of a crevasse.

Andromeda Strain Winter Ascent

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Use the Tibloc as an emergency ascender and for simul-climbing, to protect the leader from a second falling. Chance of having the sheath of the rope torn by the teeth. Way to minimize this is to file down the first few (short) teeth on the rounded bottom of the Tibloc. Has worked for me for years!

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Tibloc on my harness on Andromeda Strain

Tibloc on my harness on Andromeda Strain

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I always carry a Tibloc on my harness, along with a couple of prussic's, knife and in winter v-threader (made out of a coat hanger!). Can use for simul-climbing by clipping to a piece of gear with a large diameter locking carabiner with the rope running through the biner. Use two if you are climbing on double ropes. This way if the second falls they fall on the piece of gear and don't pull the leader off! WARNING!!! Cannot give slack to the second with this system, so they better have their poop together!

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5 5

Light and Small

I used to carry my DB Ascenders with me while canyoneering because they are easier and quicker to climb a rope with, but I didn't need to use them very often and they are heavy. I bought these tibs to replace my DB ascenders when canyoneering and they have been great! they are super light and small and they do the job well if you know how to use them (read the instructions and practice at home first). I have used them to climb a 9mm static rope once and used them multiple times to help grip the 6mm pull cord to pull a rope down from a rappel. I use the BD Rocklock carabiners and they work will with these tibs. My only complaint is I think the price is higher than it should be for these little aluminum ascenders, but they are worth it if your canyoneering and want to save some weight. be sure to by 2 because they are only sold as 1.

5 5

Essential kit...

When vertical caving, I always have two of these clipped to my harness in the event my Basic or Croll decide to call it a day. It's a minimal, lightweight, emergency device that will get you up the rope safely without the hassle of fooling with knots. As mentioned below, this isn't meant to be a primary ascender under any circumstances. Would you use an emergency "space blanket" as your sleeping bag? I still have Prusik loops on hand -- you can never be too safe -- but the Tibloc is my first line of defense.

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