If you climb it like a normal ladder you will find your feet are pushed away from you and you need to use your arms to climb. Instead, put one foot through the ladder like normal and wrap the other foot to the far side putting your heel through the backside of the ladder first.
Things to Know Before Caving:
- What You Need to Know Beforehand
- Never go alone. Responsible caving starts and ends with not going in alone.
- Carry at least three sources of light. The single most important thing while you’re underground is light.
- Know what to wear. Caves are not a comfortable environment.
- Pack wisely.
- Protect the cave.
- Look back.
Always make sure the ladder is tied or secured correctly before using. When climbing up or down, always:
- Face the stepladder.
- Keep your body centered between side rails.
- Maintain three-point contact by keeping two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on a ladder always.
- Keep a firm grip.
- Make sure that footwear is in good condition.
- Clean your footwear by removing mud, water, snow, ice or grease.
- Place feet firmly on each rung.
- Wearing footwear with heels can help to stop the foot from slipping forward.
- You have climbed too high if your knees are above top of the ladder or if you cannot maintain a handhold on the ladder.
- Rise or lower tools and materials using a hoist, hand-line, bucket or other device.
- If using an extension ladder, be careful when stepping or gripping near the locks as the locks will obscure part of the rung.
- In most cases, only allow one person on a ladder at a time. Wait until the other person has stepped off the ladder before another person uses it.
- Have a second person hold the bottom of a long ladder, especially when tying or untying an extension ladder.
- Use the appropriate safety devices when needed (e.g., safety belt, fall restraint, etc.). Check with your jurisdiction for requirements when working at heights near or above 3 metres (10 feet).
- Make sure that any harnesses or ties do not interfere with safe travel when on the ladder.
Steel Caving Ladder from Liberty Mountain
Liberty Mountain’s steel caving ladder is a versatile device that can be used for all sorts of climbing-related activities, including ropes courses, caving, rope access for professional workers, boating, rescue operations, and for whatever purposes you can think of that would require a strong, compact ladder.
This ladder’s exceptional strength makes it even more useful than caving ladders made of other materials with inferior qualities.
Many people keep this caving ladder in their emergency preparedness kits to be ready for whatever they situations may find themselves in.
This caving ladder has a cable made of steel. The rungs are made of lightweight aluminum.
Technical specs for the Liberty Mountain Steel Caving Ladder:
- Length 32 feet
- Weight: 3 lbs 4 oz.
- Width: 6″
- Breaking Strength: 1324 lbs.
These caving ladders are kept well stocked. Pick one up for your next adventure, or grab a few for your team or crew.