Belaying a second directly off a fixed anchor at the belay station
- Carefully read the Instructions for Use used in this technical advice before consulting the advice itself. You must have already read and understood the information in the Instructions for Use to be able to understand this supplementary information.
- Mastering these techniques requires specific training. Work with a professional to confirm your ability to perform these techniques safely and independently before attempting them unsupervised.
- We provide examples of techniques related to your activity. There may be others that we do not describe here.
Install the rope in the GRIGRI, making sure to place it in the device in the right direction. Connect the GRIGRI to the anchor with a locking carabiner. Lock the carabiner. Do a function test as indicated in the Instructions for Use.
Make sure to avoid any blocking of the device, or of the cam, as this will negate the braking action on the rope.
Take up slack regularly as the second climbs, always holding the brake side of the rope. This method of belaying the second is less than ideal: in this position, the GRIGRI's braking action on the rope is not optimal (especially with thin ropes). In addition, the risk of blocking the cam is greater. We therefore recommend a different technique, using a redirect point.