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As Freedom of the Hills also states: "Mechanical ascenders are stronger, safer, faster, and less tiring." – Freedom of the Hills The key advantage in there being, "less tiring", yes you could save a couple hundred grams by not carrying ascenders and instead using some prusiks, but how much do those weight savings benefit you after you've ascended ...


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In ShemSegers answer fixed lines for ascending are properly adressed, there is nothing to add for me. As an alpine based mountaineer I come across lots of fixed lines whose primary purpose is security against fallig and also aiding the ascent. So the line is not the primary means for ascending. In this case, the described benefits of an ascender do not apply ...



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