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Be ready for emergency rescue with the Wild County Ropeman Ascender.

The Wild County Ropeman Ascender is an indispensable piece of gear for multitude of climbing and crevasse rescue situations. This 3oz silver-dollar-size ascender replaces your prussic to make ascending and hauling faster and easier. The Mk1 uses an aluminum cam and is gentle on your rope's sheath, but it only works for ropes from 10-11mm. Take advantage of the aggressive stainless steel cam on the Mk2 if you're using ropes down to 8.5mm.

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Has anyone used these in icy conditions?

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Has anyone used these in icy conditions?

5 5

Perfect for a backup..

I really like this ascender. It has different teeth than a Tiblock which don't seem as though their as aggressive on the rope. They are so small that you can carry a set in your pocket or attached to a couple of carabiner for emergency use. These and a couple of good sewn runners are perfect for moving around on your rope if you get stuck. Just their small size makes them a go everywhere item which means that you won't be pulling them from your rack because their to big...

The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard

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The gold Ropeman MK II, with a Petzl Attache biner for use with thinner ropes (8mm ropes seem to work fine with this combo).

If used in technical rescue to climb 30+...

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If used in technical rescue to climb 30+ feet on the rope would I go with the Wild County Ropeman Ascender or rather with something like the Petzl Ascension Handled Ascender.

@ Ryan

Thank you.

In your opinion would this justify the price difference?

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They'll both work fine, but to move up quickly I think the Petzl product would be a little better.

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The main difference here is weight and size - a handled ascender is more convenient and easy to use, but if you're not planning to use it, or if you're going light and fast, the Ropeman is way less to carry around.

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Wild Country Ropeman Ascender

The Wild Country Ropeman Ascender is a great just “in case” ascender. It is much better to ascend than friction hitches, works better than a tibloc, and doesn’t weigh as much as a handle ascender. I’ve used it all the time on 8mm rope with a large girth HMS biner and never had a problem gripping. It even will grip webbing.

5 5

Never climb without it!

Regarding the Ropeman MKII (gold one pictured):

I always carry this on my harness or in my pocket. Lightweight, smooth action, and easy to use.

It saved our butts when rappelling with a single rope and 5mm pullcord. We were rappelling on wet slab and the ropes were soaked. This caused a massive amount of friction. We couldn't pull hard enough to make progress. I set up the Ropeman on my harness to space haul on the 5mm pullcord. Surprisingly, the Ropeman grabbed the pullcord with no slippage! Long story short, we made it off safely.

Does this include the carabiner?

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Does this include the carabiner?

5 5

Love it!

This little dude is so small, and potentially hugely handy for so many applications, I just had to get it. If you're like me, and dabble in any type of mountaineering, and river running, this belongs clipped to your life jacket just as much as dangling from your rock rack. While not a proper jumar, with a big carabiner attached, it performs just as good, and properly aligned for hauling, it works just as well too. I wouldn't have this as my primary device for any long aid routes, but if you're looking for something for the occasional prussik type of application, you will barely notice this on your rack, or in your river rescue box, and it's much better than rigging a regular prussik, especially with wet ropes.

When will you get the Ropeman 3?

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When will you get the Ropeman 3?

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Talked to a rep the other day...no new release date.

5 5

Great for alpine

This device is great for protecting the leader while simul climbing. I usually use prussiks for ascending but this is great for long easier alpine rights that still need you to rope up.

I have an 8.3 mm rope, just under the 8.5...

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I have an 8.3 mm rope, just under the 8.5 listed. Do I chance it and get this or just stay away?

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It will *probably* work. Each rope is built a little differently and depending on the core:sheath ratio, the amount that it compresses will vary. Chances are you're fine, but I would test it, and if it doesn't work, there is always backcountry.com's awesome 100% return policy!

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Since we are talking about a piece of (relative) safety equipment, the question you pose a difficult to answer. There is the absolute "will it work?" (ie: assume Wild Country was conservative in its rope tolerances and the 8.3 is a go), and there is the "it kind of works" (ie: it will take a bite of rope but there is little to no camming action taking place).

The bottom line is this, 0.2 mm is very small, and this great hidden gen of hardware could likely be a great addition to your kit. So, I wouldn't be afraid to buy one here on BackCountry, and check it out at home or at the gym where you can safely test it out. Heads up though, DO NOT load it with any substantial weight before checking out the next paragraph

The FIRST thing you want to make DAMN sure of is that there is that the cam is sufficiently displaced so that when you place a load on the rope man that the cam is in place because of the pinching force on the rope and not because the cam lobe has hit the stops. This is critical because you don't want to be climbing your rope with just the little teeth. That would be, one, horribly unsafe and, two, probably destroy the rope.

When used properly, in my experience with it, this device does not shred the rope at all, and is safe.

I hope that answers your question enough. I can only testify for as low as 9.8mm with this device, but if you look for the things I mentioned, and everything checks out, you could be the proud owner of a Ropeman MkII. If you find that this device does work for you, I almost guarantee you will buy two.

Climb On.

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yes it will work. I use it on 8mm rope. be sure to go with a larger HMS girth binner. Petzl Attache is a good biner to use on thin ropes.

4 5

just plain awesome

this little ascender is a must for anybody who wants to do long fast LIGHT alpine ascents, its a little trickier to use than a regular jumar but the weight and space that you save having it just hang off your harness has been well worth it for me. also really useful if your partner needs a little help following through some crux sections. i would get one just to have one. good stuff, very secure, wont slip. im all about it

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great

This is a really light and small ascender. I always keep in on my harness for emergencies. It also makes hauling a pack up really easy after a hard lead. You would still want a more burly ascender if you are dong a lot of it but for the rare occasion you need one out climbing it saves a ton of time and hassle over a prussik.

Up A Tree With A Wild Country Ropeman Ascender!

Up A Tree With A Wild Country Ropeman Ascender!

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First climb using my New Wild Country Rope Ascender. It worked well but as we all know only time will tell. However, this unit was recommended to me by a friend who has used his for many years.

Climb those trees! Scott

I climb around waterfalls a lot. Would...

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I climb around waterfalls a lot. Would the Mark II slip easily when it is wet?

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no, absolutely not. in fact when ropes are wet they swell up and can actually add more friction to ascenders and descenders

Any one used this to secure the leader...

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Any one used this to secure the leader when simule climbing? ( clip it on to one of the pieces between the leader and the follower so that if the follower falls the leader does not get pulled of the wall) If so is it okey? And is it better to use than the petzl tiblock?

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I have only used the tibloc. The way this thing looks though makes me think there is a spring involved? If there is then i wouldn't work as well. Not sure though. Don't know if this helped?!

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These are much better than the tibloc for this situation. The tibloc will just tear up your rope and may not catch. This being spring loaded means it may have a little more drag but it will catch the rope. These are not as light either but they are not bad and are very small.

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NOO!!!!! Do not do this. There is pretty much NO ascender that can be safely shock loaded by fall of this kind. People have indeed died - not yet in a simul fall, but it will happen soon (you can make history!) if people use mini-ascenders this way. That said, a Tibloc would be even worse (and Petzl specifically says it is DEATH to use a Tibloc for this purpose). As far as I know, the only safe device would be a Gri-gri, and I don't know if the rope would feed OK. Not to mention the weight issue.

do you also need the foot attachment for...

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do you also need the foot attachment for this?

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You don't really need it, but if you're going to be ascending a lot it'll probably help.

what is the little metal wire loop thing...

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what is the little metal wire loop thing coming out of the locking mechanism do?

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It clips into the carabiner so that the locking cam can't come completely open and drop the rope when you slide it up.

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It is actually just a back up so you don't drop it while trying to put it on the rope. The Ti-bloc by petzl has the same thing, but you have to tie your own cord into it.

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Prevents locking mechanism from flipping over and load freewheeling down to earth.

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in addition to the earlier comments the wire also helps release the cam like when you need to release the tension a little in a hauling system.

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Ropeman Mk2

Slightly heavier than the Mk1 but worth the extra weight for the versatility it provides. The action is smooth and secure. The tool is solid and I have no qualm in trusting it as much as my full size jammers. As a jamming device it has proven excellent at hoisting and the light weight makes it a feasible tool for two man glacier travel, when weight savings mean thinner ropes. A definite blessing when the alternative is tying a single handed prussik whilst your partner does a Peter Pan in the crevasse.

what is the shreading affect of this device...

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what is the shreading affect of this device on the ropes sheath? How much force will cause slippage or will rope failure come first? Any I deal of this on different ropes?

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None at all, it pinches rather than digging in with little teeth like other ascenders. Theoretically, the camming action means that rope failure would come before slippage, but either way there is no way to generate enough force to cause either slippage or rope failure while ascending. DON'T try to use it as a belay device, that's where the danger would come in. And as long as you stay within the specified rope diameters, the rope you use shouldn't make a difference.

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The Mark 1 DOES shred your rope's sheath. I use it to set up long slacklines and on 11 mil rope it barely fits and shreds the sheath. Though this is with a 2-1 multiplier and me pulling as hard as I can. I don't own the Mark 2 but other people use it with success.

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