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Gear slings and ladders for technical climbing

Gear Slings and Ladders

Whether you’re on a multi-pitch climb, big wall climbing or your need it during a difficult sport climbing passage, you've got to have a compact ladder with you. They're also great because they can help you make easy and rapid progress.
Gear slings are practical accessories for technical and free climbing. Sit harnesses can’t always carry bulky quickdraws and mobile belays (nuts, camming devices, sewn slings) on multi-pitch climbs or whilst ice climbing, which is why gear slings are so practical.
Ladders and gear slings are two pieces of equipment made for various types of climbing. So, keep reading to find out what you need to look out for when choosing a model.

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 lightweight, yet highly durable webbing as found on dogbones.
A ladder needs to be attached via an eyelet at the head end, then you can either attach it directly to the anchor point (hook) or on a suspended hook (Fifi, Cliffhanger).
Ladders are super practical because they help you overcome difficult passages. Lightweight ladders are especially great for emergency situations whilst sport climbing.
Aside from the number of steps, you should also pay attention to its reinforcements and the adjustability of the loops. This improves comfort during repeated use, such as on big walls.
Plus, some ladders come with a practical storage bag, making it easier to carry them on your climbing harness.

Get organized with gear slings

In addition to the gear loops on your harness, gear slings offer more storage space and are perfect for all types of climbing. Having additional eyelets on your upper body optimizes weight distribution, and it ensures your gear is quickly accessible and organized.
When purchasing a gear sling, you'll need to select a size, and you should pay close attention to how the gear sling is secured and re-hung.
In addition, looking at both the number of non-locking carabiners that they can handle and the padding are important. Some gear slings even have a small, practical pocket for energy bars or other items.

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