As the second climber on short sections of aid, you will usually follow the same sequence as the leader, while belayed from above. You will, however, unclip the rope from a placement before clipping on the etriers, and clean the placement below you after stepping up higher. If you cannot reach a lower piece after moving up, lengthen your etriers with another sling, and then step down to clcan the piece.

When climbing long sections of aid, a different strategy is called for. You will use mechanical ascenders to jug the fixed climbing rope and clean the route as you go. Before heading up, free the haul bag so the leader can start hauling it up the route. If it hangs up along the way, you will be the one to free it.

Continue reading here: Using Ascenders

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