How to climb down ladders instead of just falling from them?
Every single time I try to climb down a ladder, what happens instead is this:
So, is there a better way of climbing down that does not involves dying?
As of patch 188.8.131.52 (April 22nd 2022), you can mount ladders by looking at them and pressing F. A prompt should appear.
The https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/304930/view/3212764792084517887 point to the issue of climbing down ladders being finnicky as the direct cause of this change.
After the character movement update it became more difficult to climb down ladders, so at long last you can optionally press the Interact key to mount at the point you are looking! Hopefully this reduces the number of hospital visits caused by jumping to climb down. Walking into a ladder to climb is also still supported.
A faster (since looking at ladders to mount to climb down requires a specific angle), but riskier, way to climb down ladders would be to walk backwards, jump, and then immediately hold forwards (or press F) to mount the ladder.