Answered: Tipped Ladders and Hanging

Say a robot legally and controllably lifts one side of the ladder such that the plane created by each ladder’s rung is not parallel to the ground. (i.e. one yellow rung is higher than the other yellow rung, etc). Another robot hangs from the tower. Which of the following, if any, would count for points:

  1. The robot is above only one of the two tower rungs that define low / high hanging.
  2. The robot is above only one of the two tower rungs, BUT it would be high enough off the ground to be considered low or high hanging if the ladder were in a normal orientation.

In both situations the robot would be considered hanging. For more details, please see this Q&A response from May:

“To be considered hanging a robot must be touching the ladder and be completely above the plane which is parallel to the floor and tangent to the top of the ladder rung specified in the specific type of hanging definition.”

In the case where the two ladder rungs are at different heights, we will give the benefit to the hanging team, and only require that they be above the lowest one.