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Urbulon

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Maybe there is now hope for the fat and old to be able to ascend but after you buy a harness this lot could cost £2k! Cant help but think one could make one's own cheaper alternative with one's brains and braun using a Landrover winch or something like that.

(thinks) Am I the only old fart here?

(thinks) Theres not enough emojis to choose from here.

 

Andrew32

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Cheap winch and lipo battery could be got for under £100, still beneficial to do it manually especially if the height means serious injury or death, not worth cheaping out
 

Urbulon

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I wont bother attempting it, I will just leave it to you young whipper-snappers. :D
 

The Lone Ranger

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I've seen them in use, well the industrial ones. They are mostly used as part of a rescue system or to haul / lowering equipment down a structure, mast or shaft rather than a man riding option. If part of a rescue system there is always a secondary traditional rope and pulley system on standby. You can get battery pack or 2 stroke versions.

A bit like using your phone or a GPS for map reading in extreme situations; all if fine until the battery runs out especially when you're only halfway through what you have intended to do. Takes time then to work out where you are on a paper map and that's if you've put one in with a compass in the first place. In a white out condition you may not manage to do so.

Same using a motorised ascender as unless you are carrying additional ascending kit and happy enough to make the change over things could go tits up. They are not the lightest things to carry around either. I quite like keeping things simple, less moving parts and reliance on a power source the better for me :thumb
 

puma

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You mean like a confined space tripod . For manhole and any hole in the floor . A lot to carry about if it’s a hike to site . I get why electric would be nice the clacking of the ratchet winch is a bit loud at 2am lol
 

Maniac

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Maybe there is now hope for the fat and old to be able to ascend but after you buy a harness this lot could cost £2k! Cant help but think one could make one's own cheaper alternative with one's brains and braun using a Landrover winch or something like that.

(thinks) Am I the only old fart here?

(thinks) Theres not enough emojis to choose from here.

There's this myth that ascending a rope requires a top notch level of physical fitness to achieve. Sure a certain about of effort is required, but anyone of even average fitness can achieve it if it's rigged correctly! And yes even larger individuals can do it. The downfall of lots of people and rope gear for SRT is they rig it wrong or have unsuitable harnesses or equipment and its then a lot more effort to get up the rope than it needs to be.
 

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