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Choosing the belay mode

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  • It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information
  • Mastering these techniques requires training.
  • Consult a professional before attempting to perform these techniques on your own.

Choosing the belay mode

You can use the selection knob to choose the belay mode (top-rope or lead climbing).

Choosing the belay mode
Choosing the belay mode

Locking the knob:

It is possible to lock the belay mode.

This function is optional; the operation is the same with the selector locked or unlocked.

Locking the knob
Locking the knob

When to use the top-rope belay mode?

The top-rope belay mode allows:

  • slack to be taken up easier, due to the greater sensitivity and speed of the cam's locking action
  • more convenient belaying and helps avoid bad habits, such as keeping the rope too tight.
When to use the top-rope belay mode?
When to use the top-rope belay mode?

So this belay mode is preferred in the following situations:

  • Supervision of children/beginners learning how to top-rope belay in climbing school.
  • Occasional rope climbing with the GRIGRI.
  • Belaying the second in multi-pitch climbing