I got myself a whole two feet off the ground! The piece of accessory cord that I ordered to use as a foot-assist prusik didn't come with the rest of my gear, so I had to hip-thrust my way up. Let me tell you, I don't have the arm-strength or perhaps the technique that the guys (and gals) on YouTube have. My rope was rubbing against a branch (below my anchor point), so there might have been pretty good friction there. In any case, it makes me want to get a foot ascender pronto. Which foot is normal to use?
My B-53 wasn't all that willing to descend. I found myself setting a safety knot and then giving the hitch a stronger pull than I expected to need to use.
It turns out I was thinking of the hand-ascenders which are cleared handed. Most of the foot ascenders don't seen to sold in left or right foot.
Last edit: 5 years 9 months ago by tmaclean. Reason: I learned my question was dumb.