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Petzl Ascension Handled Ascender

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    Time-tested on the world's biggest walls.

    There's a reason that the Petzl Ascension Handled Ascender 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.

    • Ergonomic-molded handle
    • Integrated safety catch
    • Toothed cam with self-cleaning slot
    • Wide carabiner hole
    • Item #PTZ002D

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years
    Recommended Use
    climbing, mountaineering
    Claimed Weight
    5.8 oz
    Rope Diameter
    8 - 13 mm
    Cam Material
    stainless steel
    Body Material
    aluminum, plastic, rubber

    Tech Specs

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    Aid Easy

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

    Petzl is making aid climbing much more efficient with this ergonomic grip. I'm excited to get out on the wall and give these aiders a shot. If rope flows through these anything like a gri gri, it will be a huge help on the wall!

    Caver? Rescuer? You should have one.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are great. I prefer the handled ascender over the Basic (even though it's a bit bulkier) because it's easier to manipulate over challenging lips, especially when one is exhausted or particularly slimed. The design has been in use for decades for a good reason - it's efficient and it works. (Thanks to Jonathan Wilson including a picture of an older version of it in his review - awesome!)

    I finally had to replace mine after a few years because after miles and miles of muddy, gritty rope (and occasionally using it as a snowcone machine on iced-up rope), the teeth have finally started to wear down more than I'd like. I'll keep buying these when mine current one dies for as long as they keep makin' 'em.

    As always, keep an eye on your gear and replace it when you need to.

    A joy to use!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This hand ascender is a joy to use because it's so comfortable and works flawlessly! I've been using it to climb trees and it's never had any issues. It works as it should and looks super stylish. At first, I was concerned about the teeth possibly damaging my arbor rope, but so far, not a thing. Removing it off the rope correctly is the trick. If you don't do it correctly, you won't be able to because the teeth will grab the rope and damage it. Removing it from your rope takes a little bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's quite simple.

    Simple, Reliable, Effective

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used this to jug up El Cap and I've used it as a daily workhorse for route setting and it has never once let me down. The simple design is perfect for ascending lines, assisting with hauling, or other applications where a rope capture device comes in handy. I find the release mechanism easy to use one-handed, something that sets it apart from other devices. I also like the intuitive design of the camming unit - other devices utilize an additional linkage or pivot point but I feel like this will stand any abuse you can cook up for it and limit potential points of failure. All in all, a totally reliable piece of gear and my absolute go-to if I'm looking at a day of jugging lines.

    Jug that Rope

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I finally picked up a left-handed Ascension to complete my L/R set. I really like how the biner hole at the bottom is widened to fit two carabiners vs. the old style with two small holes. The ascenders grab the rope extremely well, and slide up with zero resistance. I've played around with these on ropes down to 8mm with no issues besides the increased pucker factor that comes with ascending skinny ropes.
    The Ascensions are a little bulky for backups, but I still WAY prefer them and their bulk over a Tibloc or Prusiks in most rescue situations, especially on iced up ropes.