The SAKA® (available at many retailers and www.climbinginnovations.com) can be used straight out of the bag but also has no limitations on how it can be adjusted for the individual. Imagine buying a climbing harness that does not adjust. Rope stepping (walking) is something most have never done before and some modifications to the way we move with our feet need to be learned.
In this video I have tried focus on how to setup and use the SAKA, Self Advancing Knee Ascender. As many of you, I’m hoping this to be my last knee ascender video!
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00:00 Introduction The SAKA is simple to use right out of the bag but does not have limitations of other knee ascenders.
01:19 Why adjustments are important?
01:53 Length of the stride.
02:14 Travel height of the ascender.
02:49 Comes configured for straight out of the bag use.
03:43 Adjusted for high bungee attachment or no chest harness.
04:29 Adjusted for a low attachment point or no tending device.
05:10 Adjusted for maximum stride, win that race.
05:53 Adjusted for child size or shorter legs.
06:43 Why adjust the stride or length of the bungee?
07:33 Why do I adjust the bungee?
09:32 Two ways to shorten the bungee guide.
11:00 The components explained. 11.07 The footloop, various ways to attach it and adjust it.
13:30 The ascender, made for the SAKA, not like other ascenders.
14:55 The SAKAmini vs SAKA™ and the SAKA NG with pulleys.
16:40 The adjustable tether.
18:20 A quick way to fine tune the length of the bungee.
19:13 Demonstrating stepping up the rope, it is not a natural thing to do.
20:10 SRT without any tending.
21:06 Why a safety check is so important.
25:28 Practice with your feet next to the tree, it is more efficient and helps develop good form.
26:18 Doubled moving rope, climber has both anchors within reach.
28:27 Left or right foot is not important.
28:55 Which way should the ascender face?
29:42 Using a single 100’ climbing line with both SRT and Doubled moving rope configurations.