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Revisit the Unicender with Johno Smith

Revisit the Unicender with Johno Smith

Richard Tregoweth - Sunday, December 12, 2010



The Unicender is a love it or hate it device! The naysayers will tell you the Unicender can 'unclip' off the rope (virtually impossible in our opinion) and that it 'creeps' when there's more than 15 meters of tail in the rope (solved with a quick flick of the wrist).

On the positive side the Unicender is probably the only mechanical device on the market suitedto the both SRT ascent and… SRT climbing.

Witness the Work Climb in the video below performed SRT (Single Rope Technique) by Johno Smith (New Zealand's leading Unicender climber) in a London Planetree opposite Victoria Park Market in Auckland.

Ascent - no problem. The only 'changeover' is the release and stowing of the hand ascender - Johno doesn't even use a foot loop. Then he's straight intothe climb.

Notice how the rope tails through the device as Johno climbs hand-over-hand. Also note the frictionless redirect about two thirds the way through thevideo.

SRT is not the be all and end all of tree climbing but it works well in this instance - and only with the Unicender!

Thanks to Drew Bristow for the in-tree video footage

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