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"None of us, no matter what continent or island or ice cap, asked to be born in the first place, and that even somebody as old as I am, which is 80, only just got here."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Escalladder  
  A ladder that you don't have to climb to get to the top.  

I have no idea how this could be made to work. But as a person who has worked on ladders, I can't tell you how handy it would be to just rise to the top without a lot of unwieldy climbing with your hands full of tools.

I don't think this is like a fireman's extending ladder; it's more like the steps just cycle upward when you want them to.

We rode an escalladder into the nose.
From Crashlander, by Larry Niven.
Published by Del Rey in 1994
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The creation of this word follows in the tradition of the word escalator, which is a combination of escalade and elevator. Escalade is itself a word meaning "to scale a wall using a ladder."

From the story Neutron Star, collected in the volume Crashlander. Just for the record, the first escalator was installed in 1897 as an amusement park ride in Coney Island. Even today, you can see small children who are excited to "ride the escalator."

We're lucky they don't charge us.

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