There are dozens of legends about the ninja, and even more about their climbing abilities. These mysterious warriors would often carry with them numerous tools and specialised equipment designed to help them navigate any situations they may come across. Some of the tools the ancient ninjas used are still used today, by both modern ninjas and other characters.
The grappling hook was a weighty, pointed device used to create a simple and fast anchor for scaling a wall. Ancient ninjas would make them by roping several sickles together into what is now the common, recognisable shape. These hooks were then tied to a rope, and thrown to the top of the wall, where the hooks would grasp something solid. The aim was that the hook would bite into something as the rope was pulled taut.
Some of the most useful pieces of equipment for ninjas were the shuko, which were spikes worn on the hands. These spikes were used for primarily for climbing, but it's also believed these were used for self-defence. A wearer could not only claw your enemy, but some people also believe the shuko were used to block sword attacks against the seemingly unarmed ninja.
Ashiko, a set of small metal spikes worn around the feet, were used to dig into walls and trees as the ninja needed to climb. They were also used in self-defence, giving the ninja an extra, hidden weapon on the foot.
Spikes and Nails
Ninja were known to stick spikes and nails into the walls they aimed to climb and would clamber up these as footholds. It was a simple and easy way to handle climbing a wall with simple and easy-to-find objects--which is the way of the ninja.
A simple rope ladder is an extremely effective climbing tool, especially after the first ninja has made it into their target area. Because they're portable and foldable, a successful climber can easily create access for teammates by placing a rope ladder at the top of an obstacle.
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