mechanical ascender

   A mechanical device that is the same as an ascender, but is used to clarify the use of a mechanical device instead of a rope ascender knot [13].
   See also ascender.

A Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology with Special Reference to Environmental Karst Hydrology. . 2002.

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