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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 aiders using five main criteria: comfort, ease of walking up, durability, ease of use free climbing, and top-steppi...

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Yates Big Wall Ladder
$45 (6 step) $50 (7 step)
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Metolius Alpine Aider
$30
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Fish Smart Aider
$23.50
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Petzl Quickstep
$35.00
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Petzl GradiStep Etrier
$45
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Metolius Easy Aider
$33
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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.