I'm a novice climber, do I need a belay device with a guide mode?

I'm a novice climber, do I need a belay device with a guide mode?

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By Todd Avner | Jul 23rd 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 25th 2015
Hi Todd, Having guide mode on your belay device can be really useful. However, many of these advantages may be lost on someone who is just getting into climbing. The main use of guide mode is to help you bring up a second. You will only find yourself in this situation if you are leading trad routes or leading multi-pitch sport routes. It is possible to bring up a second without a device with guide mode, but much more simple with. I would recommend buying a cheaper belay device to begin with and once you have decided what kind of climbing you are interested in, then you might want to invest in a belay device with guide mode. Hope that helps, Dave

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