Self-belaying is prohibited! - Petzl Luxembourg

Self-belaying is prohibited!


  • 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.

We cannot ignore the fact that some people use the GRIGRI as a self-belay device. Many internet sites give tips on modifying your device for this use.

Above all, this technique increases the risks to the climber. Firstly, the climber does not hold the brake side of the rope. 

Additionally, in case of a fall ,the GRIGRI can be blocked against the rock, the positioning system (positioning strap), or other, thus negating its braking function. The climber could fall to the ground. Finally, remember that any product modification outside of Petzl facilities is formally prohibited (see Instructions for Use). 

Self-belaying with the GRIGRI is prohibited.