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By jane-gallwey
From Ireland, mostly
Jan 20, 2010
Terradets, Spain.

I'm just wondering does anyone know if any of the brands of ascenders have a significantly shorter distance to the thumb catch than others? I'm currently using a borrowed pair of petzl ones and an ancient pair of original "jumars", but I find I have to practically let go of the handle in order to reach the thumb catch, which makes cleaning a bollocks of a job. I live in Ireland so I'd be mail ordering them, so can't try out a few different brands.
So, any ideas?
Cheers,
Jane


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By Kevin Stricker
From Evergreen, CO
Jan 20, 2010

My wife built up the bottom of the handles on her jumars (old style Petzl Ascenders) with about a roll of athletic tape each. Not that aesthetic, but it was effective. It also makes the jumar more comfortable to hold onto.


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By jane-gallwey
From Ireland, mostly
Jan 22, 2010
Terradets, Spain.

Thanks. I'll try that.


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By Nate Brown
From Wilson, Wy
Feb 12, 2010
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Jane,

I agree that the distance from hand position to thumb catch on Petzl is a design flaw and too far away. I do not have small hands and still I have to lift my hand a bit to get the cam on the Petzls.

They have shortened that distance a little with the new design but probably not enough.

Try CMI brand ultrascenders. They are red and black and are more similar to the old "Jumar" brand ascenders made by Fritschi. I've had a few pair over the years and they effectively solve the distance problem. Lifting the hand a few times is no big deal. However, lifting the hand thousands of times gets old quick.


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