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false's picture
Mar 9th 2016
Grigri 2... Lots of pros and cons especially when considering an auto blocking device but its popularity make it the ideal choice. It's reliable, easy to use, has been in production since 1991 (original grigri) and has been used by an incredibly large amount climbers in a variety of different conditions.

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Nickolay Simonov's picture
Sep 10th 2015
in addition Mammut Smart also has Alpine version for workin with two ropes. of course if you need it.

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Sep 3rd 2015
Hi Rob, There are now several devices similar to the Petzl Grigri. One device I have seen used in several slackline rigs is the Edelrid Eddy which for one reason or another, just feels a little bit more sturdy in this situation. If you are planning on rigging very long lines then you might consider getting something even bigger such as the Petzl ID. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Sep 3rd 2015
Hi Shannon, The Micro Jul is one of the smallest belay devices available and can accommodate ropes from a tiny 6.9mm up to a fairly small 8mm. Hope that helps, Dave

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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.... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 25th 2015
Hi Shayne, Firstly, don't panic! There are various ways of using Carabiners to make a safe and usable belay or rappel device. The best and most simple is undoubtedly an Italian (or munter) hitch. Here is a helpful animation on how to tie this knot: http://howset.com/animated_show/how-to-make-italian-hitch/#.VdxWDPlViko If you are intending to finish your climb then it is best for the leader to be belayed on the remaining belay device and the second to be brought up using the Italian hitch.... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 25th 2015
Hi Alistair, There are a few techniques you can use to do this but you will only be able to descend half the length of your rope. The easiest method is to feed one end of your rope through the anchor and tie into it. then attach the Grigri to the rope on the other side of the anchor. Now you can weight the rope. When you pull the leaver on the Grigri the rope will feed through the anchor and you should descend.... (more)

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Panu Lehti's picture
Aug 24th 2015
If you are mostly sport climbing, one good option could be to buy a belay biner like BD Magnetron Gridlock (https://shop.epictv.com/en/carabiners/black-diamond/magnetron-gridlock-carabiner-2015). When using a traditional screwgate keeping tension on the carabiner helps massively to avoid crossloading.

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