Single Rope Technique (SRT) gear
This equipment is not required until you get into caving seriously.
Any harness will do, but caving harnesses are specifically designed for SRT and are recommended. Considerations are comfort: you may be sitting in the harness for some time;
cleaning: harness will get wet and muddy.
|Required to maintain position of Croll ascender.
Prusik cord or elasticised cord can also be used with a simple loop around the neck.
tape double 20mm
|Petzl and Aspiring (30/60 cm) Double tape cows tails are available.
A fixed cowstails stitched to the Triad harness can be supplied.
3m of 9mm dynamic rope
Also required one screw gate karabiner (or rapide), and two twist (double not triple action) lock karabiners.
|Aspiring safety sling (80cm).
Aspiring Pack Strap.
|Ascenders||Petzl Ascension||$110 (2008)|
|Petzl Croll||$100 (2008)|
|Explorer ascender (Aspiring)||$180 (2008)|
|Mini and chest ascender (Aspiring), both||$140 (2008)|
|Descenders||Petzl Stop (not recommended for New Zealand)||$180 (2008)|
|Petzl five bar Rack (not recommended for New Zealand)||$160 (2005)|
|Aspiring five bar Rack stainless (recommended)||$138 (2017)|
Static for SRT. 10mm std diameter, also 9mm and 11mm, 30, 40, or 50 metres. Aspiring Enterprises, Bivouac
|$5 a metre (2008)|
Keep things in strict order, from left to right (or vice versa)
- descender (rack or stop)
- chest ascender connection
- ascender lanyard
Footloop attached to hole in base of ascender, or to rope attached to ascender.
Pack strap attached to harness between legs, or donkey's tail - loose end of ascender rope.