/ ropeman ascender
I use a Ropeman a fair bit for soloing on a 10.5mm Mammut Static line , have been doing so for over a year , before that I used a shunt but prefer the Ropeman doesn't seem to damage the rope noticeably . Good for back up in some situations too .
I always back up the ropeman & the shunt with a Klemheist or Prussik loop on 6mm static procord atleast .
Not had a problem with the Ropeman yet , I did have a wee problem with the shunt once but that was down to operator error 80S .
PS not saying any of this is right by the way ! Just that I've been doing for a few years now and it works for well me .
With a decent search you should be able find a few threads on here and on other forums over the last few years discussing the various pros and cons of the three different versions of the WC Ropeman, along with alternatives such as the Petzl Tibloc, Petzl Micro Traxion or Kong Duck.
If it is just for emergency use, then most people I know (including myself) now carry Petzl Tiblocs. For regular use, proper handled ascenders are better, or a caving systems using petzl Croll/Basic ascenders.
However, for other things like crevasse rescue it seems to be a toss-up between the Ropeman Mk3 and the Kong Duck, e.g. see http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=509187
Yes important factors raised aboved , apologies very slack on my part .
Mine is this one ; http://www.wildcountry.co.uk/products/ropeman-1-and-2/new-ropeman-1/
A Ropeman 1 ; suitable for 10 ~ 13mm diameter ropes . Sorry .
Ascenders having teeth does not equate to rope damage.
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