Is the Petzl Grigri a suitable belay device for beginner climbers?

Is the Petzl Grigri a suitable belay device for beginner climbers?

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By Shayne Henderson | Jul 27th 2015 |
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The Petzl GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking is a classic sport climbers tool. The GRIGRI 2 works equally well for lead climbing and top roping. It may be used on all 8.9 to 11 mm dynamic single ropes (optimized for 9.4 mm to 10.3 mm ropes). Compact and lightweight, the GRIGRI 2 will accompany you for many years, on climbs all over the world. The GRIGRI 2's design allows for excellent descent control.
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Jul 27th 2015
Hi Shayne, Like all belay devices, the most important thing is to learn how to use the Grigri properly. The best way to do this is to ask someone with plenty of experience to show you. The auto-locking feature of the Grigri has obvious appeal for a beginner but it is no substitute for experience and good practice. We would recommend that beginners start with a very simple belay device such as the DMM bug where there is less to think about. Once they have mastered that and they know the basics of belaying, they will have a much easier time learning to use the Grigri and other auto-locking devices. Hope that helps, Dave

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