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Alaskan guide Willi Prittie
courtesy Alpine Ascents, SOURCE
The Ushba titanium handled ascender is no longer being made but can be found online.
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The Ushba ascender locks when the wrist is cocked or when a fall occurs.
courtesy Ushba Mountain Works, SOURCE

Gear review: Ushba titanium ascenders

Posted: Jul 15, 2013 04:42 pm EDT

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By Markian HawrylukClimbers can learn a lot from their guides. Sometimes, guides pick up some pretty valuable information from their clients. That’s how Willi Prittie, a Talkeetna, Alaska-based mountain guides with Seattle-based Alpine Ascents, learned of the Ushba titanium handled ascender several years ago. Now it’s his ascender of choice. Prittie was teaching a Denali preparation course in the North Cascades in Washington state. He noticed one of the clients using an odd looking...

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