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So I tried ascenders today. Didn't get too far again - halfway to spreaders. It's a lot harder than I expected. The part of "standing in the foot loop" really isn't working properly. I have to pull myself up with one hand, then push off with my legs and I have just a brief moment to move harness ascender up, as I am hanging from the line mainly on one hand. It's like doing one-handed pull ups all the time. I don't know if I'll ever be able to go even to the spreaders that way.
Going down isn't great either - ascenders are not particularly suited for descent, as someone mentioned, plus it feels like I am falling every time (or I have to pull myself up by hand again).
There's gotta be a better way. I probably do need to try the 6:1 purchase block and line.