Backpack Lets You Climb Walls Like Spiderman


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Have you ever wanted to scale a wall like Spiderman? Daredevils have climbed walls over and over, but their feats have been a combination of skill and luck more than anything. Fortunately, like with most other things, you can overcome a lack of rare skill and bravado/stupidity by putting machines to work for you.

wall climbing vacuum backpack
(photo: USU News)

Pictured above (and shown in the video below is the machine for the job. The Utah State University “Ascending Aggies” team created this vacuum backpack with suction “gloves” as an answer to an Air Force 90-foot wall-climb competition, beating out 33 other wall-climbing devices. It also earned them an additional $100,000 grant to continue working on it. The 48 pound Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber (PVAC) is designed to strap to the back of a brave soldier for the vertical trek and can support weights up to 700 pounds.

If you watch the video, you may note that the only thing upstaging how cool this thing is would be the amount of noise it makes. I don’t think the Air Force is going to sneak up on anyone with this early model, but the team is already working on plans to make it quieter and more efficient. Now if they could just get it to shoot high-tension webbing from our wrists, we’d be all set.