Gear slings and ladders for technical climbing
You can use them for multi-pitch alpine tours or big wall climbing. If there's an emergency on a difficult sports climbing passage, they can also help. In any case, they serve the same purpose. Ladders have always been a technical asset for movement and assistance while climbing. They take up hardly any space. If necessary, you can use them to make easy and rapid progress.
Gear slings are truly a practical accessory for technical climbing, but they're just as great for free climbing. Sit harnesses often reach their limits on multi-pitch alpine tours with bulky quickdraws and mobile belays (nuts, camming devices, sewn runners) or during ice climbing with numerous bolts.
Ladders and gear slings are two pieces of equipment for various types of climbing. To help you choose a suitable model, they will be described in some detail here.
A quick climb with the right ladder
Ladders used as climbing aids have four to six steps: that is, loops to step on. They usually consist of light but highly robust tape material that you might recognize from dogbones.
A ladder is mounted on an eyelet at the head end. You can attach it either directly to the belay point (hook) or on a freely-suspended hook (Fifi, Cliffhanger).
Now you can overcome difficult passages. Particularly lightweight ladders also come in handy as emergency equipment for sports climbing!
Aside from the number of steps, pay attention to reinforcements or adjustability on the loops of the ladder. This improves comfort during repeated use, such as on big walls.
Some ladders come with a practical storage bag, making it easier to carry them on your climbing harness.
Establish order with gear slings
The hip belt has gear slings in addition to gear loops. The gear slings are suited for all types of climbing and have advantages beyond providing added storage space. Additional eyelets on the upper body optimize weight distribution as well as fast access and organization of hardware.
When making a purchase, pay close attention to how the gear sling is secured and re-hung. Models with a variety of dimensions are also available depending on the system!
The number of non-locking carabiners and the padding are important, too. Some gear slings have a small, practical pocket for energy bars or other items.