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Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider
Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider

We reviewed eight of our favorite big wall aiders and used them on more than 100 walls, from El Capitan to Baffin Island. We evaluated the contenders using five main criteria: comfort, ease of walking up, durability, ease of use free climbing, and to...

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The Best Ascenders for Big Walls and Rescue
The Best Ascenders for Big Walls and Rescue

We look at the top models in two categories: big wall and self-rescue and emergency ascenders. Climbing El Capitan and getting your buddy out of a crevasse are two very different applications. Below we outline which device is best for what and which ...

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Metolius Alpine Aider
$30
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Fish Smart Aider
$23.50
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Petzl GradiStep Etrier
$51.95
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We believe the best gear reviews are those that objectively compare and contrast. To that end, we partner with our sister site OutdoorGearLab.com for gear review information. OutdoorGearLab was launched in July 2011 as a spin-off of SuperTopo's gear review section, which originally was exclusively focused on climbing gear, and expanded over time to include general outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and more.