Aiders / Etriers

Ammon McNeely on Horse Chute  El Capitan using the Yates Speed Aider (lighter version of Yates Big Wall Ladder).

Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider



We reviewed eight of our favorite big wall aiders and used them on more than 100 walls, from El Capitan to Baffin Island. We evaluated the contenders using five main criteria: comfort, ease of walking up, durability, ease of use free climbing, and to...



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Yates Speed Wall Ladder
$47
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Metolius Alpine Aider
$30
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Fish Smart Aider
$24
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73
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Petzl Quickstep
$40
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55
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Petzl GradiStep Aider
$52
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54
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Black Diamond Six Step Etrier
$39
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