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 Post subject: Ladder style aiders?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:59 pm 
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Does anyone know where in SA you can buy ladder style aiders?

Specifically, like these ones from Metolius...Image
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I've checked Mammoth Outdoor, Drifters, MountainMailOrder and RammMountain.

Anyone have some second hand ones they would like to sell maybe?


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 Post subject: Re: Ladder style aiders?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:44 pm 
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Real Name: Warren Gans
Ram Does:
Black Diamond: Alpine Aiders, Etriers
Singing Rock: Footer, Jacob.

However none of these are that specific design, although the Jacob is close. I must confess I can't think of anyone who does them. suppose if it comes to it you could have them made: I know a Granny with a sewing machine... :)

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 Post subject: Re: Ladder style aiders?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:14 pm 
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Metolius & Yates make a couple different style ladder aiders each. A friend bought an ooooold pair off Leo Rust a year or three ago, wonder where he got them?

http://www.backcountry.com then


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 Post subject: Re: Ladder style aiders?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:34 pm 
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Why do you want this specific model?

My brief experience has been that you typically step twice or three times per piece, sequentially higher.
This model look like it will squeeze the upper rungs smaller, so make it dificult to put your right foot in before unweighting your left.

We used the alpine aiders in Yosemite - not being experts and not having tried out all the variations - they seemed to work well.

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 Post subject: Re: Ladder style aiders?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:05 pm 
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Why these? I find them slightly easier to step in (compared to etrier style aiders) initially, because the steps aren't offset. In other words, you can step left foot into first step or right foot first and it makes no sakes. The etrier ones, if the first step is on the left, you either have to step with your left foot first or flip the aider around. Also, they are generally regarded as easier to learn to aid with, although slightly heavier than etriers.

Ant, well spotted on the pinching issue. Yates and Fish does them with a spreader bar, basically a piece of PVC pipe fitted over the top step, to prevent exactly that pinching of the top steps. People also add their own spreader bars to the Metolius ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Ladder style aiders?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:15 am 
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Real Name: Nigel Bailes
Ocun produce this ladder and it is avialable locally.
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 Post subject: Re: Ladder style aiders?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:56 am 
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Thanks Nigel, you know where from? And how much?


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