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Cable Ladders

I don't collect cable ladders, but I have acquired a few over the years. In my part of the world, people shouldn’t call themselves cavers, let alone vertical cavers, without being comfortable climbing cable ladders. Now somewhat overshadowed by rope techniques or even shunned by the “we don’t need to learn anything invented before 2012” knowledge denyers, ladders are sometimes the best option for short drops, especially when used by moderate-size groups in hybrid rappel-in, ladder -out systems.

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Image ID Device Description Acquired Length Number
of Rungs
Rung
Spacing
Rung
Length
Rung
Diameter
Rung Wall
Thickness
Cable
Happy Wanderers Cave and Pothole Club 3814 Happy Wanderers Cave and Pothole Club Steel cables, resin plugs, Brummel hooks Unknown, ca. 2009? 9.5 m 30 255 mm 151 mm 13 mm 1.6 mm 3.7 mm
Pierre Allain 3813
3315
3316
3317
Pierre Allain SS cable, Al rungs, internal crimp, Brummel hooks
  • Michel Sifre, 2009
  • (2) Jeff Brotzge, 2010
  • Bill Wiley, 2022
10 m 32 304 mm 143 mm 14 mm 0.9 mm 2.8 mm
Pittsburgh Grotto 3812 Pittsburgh Grotto Steel cable, Al rungs, top & bottom crimps, eye protectors Pittsburgh Grotto 10 m 33 305 mm 165 mm 13 mm 1.7 mm 3.3 mm
Storrick 3811 Storrick SS cable, Al rungs, top & bottom crimps, eye protectors Gary D. Storrick, 1975 16 m 51 305 mm 165 mm 13 mm 1.6 mm 3.3 mm