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GRIGRI+: OPTIONS TO ENSURE A GREAT BELAY

With the GRIGRI+, Petzl's family of assisted-braking belay devices just expanded. Designed for all climbers, it provides an exceptionally comfortable belay when used in climbing gyms or at the crag. Learn more about the incredible versatility of the GRIGRI+ through our tech tips.

April 17 2017

Rock climbing

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BELAYING AT THE GYM OR THE CRAG

Assurer en salle et en falaise avec GRIGRI +

The GRIGRI+ provides additional comfort when belaying at the gym or the crag without modifying universal belay techniques.

Basic techniques:

La gestuelle de base

  1. Be attentive
  2. Always hold the brake end of the rope
  3. Tie a knot in the end of the rope
  4. Paying out slack
  5. Taking up slack

 

Paying out slack quickly:

Donner du mou rapidement

  1. Hold the rope with at least three fingers
  2. Press your index finger against the GRIGRI
  3. Press your thumb down on the cam / pay out slack quickly

 

ALWAYS HOLD THE BRAKE END OF THE ROPE​ 


CHOOSING THE RIGHT BELAY MODE: TOP ROPE OR LEAD CLIMBING

Choisir son mode d'assurage avec GRIGRI +

Using the selector knob:

The GRIGRI+ has a designated mode that makes it easier to take in slack and offers greater convenience for a top rope belay.

utilisation du bouton sélecteur de GRIGRI +

 

  1. Top rope climbing
  2. Lead climbing
  3. Locking the selector knob

 

When should you use the top rope belay mode?

The top-rope belay mode facilitates taking up slack and makes for a more comfortable belay.

This belay mode is recommended in the following situations:

  • Climbing lessons for children/beginners, when learning how to top rope belay,
  • For (occasionally) ascending the rope using the GRIGRI+,
  • Belaying the second when multi-pitch climbing.

USING THE ANTI-PANIC HANDLE WHEN LEARNING

Utiliser la poignée anti-panique de GRIGRI +

The GRIGRI+ is equipped with an anti-panic handle that is especially useful when learning how to perform a controlled lower. 

How it works

If the belayer pulls too hard on the handle, the anti-panic mechanism triggers and stops the descent. To continue the descent, the belayer releases the handle completely, then resumes lowering normally.

 

  1. Lowering
  2. Triggering the anti-panic mechanism
  3. To resume lowering

 

Exceptional cases

In certain exceptional cases (e.g., when approaching the ground, if there is rope drag, or with a lightweight climber) belayers may unintentionally trigger the anti-panic mechanism. To unblock the rope and complete the lower, you can pull the handle completely back. This overriding of the anti-panic function is for exceptional use only.

ALWAYS HOLD THE BRAKE END OF THE ROPE​


BELAYING WITH ANY SINGLE ROPES

Assurer avec toutes les cordes à simple - GRIGRI +

The GRIGRI+ can be used with all single ropes. It is optimally designed for 8.9 to 10.5 mm diameter ropes.

Compatibility between your GRIGRI and the rope used is not only related to the rope's diameter. Rope texture, sheath treatment on new ropes, humidity, wear and tear, and freezing all play a key role in how your GRIGRI functions when belaying or lowering.

Every time you use a rope different from your usual rope, be careful and take the time to become accustomed to belaying or lowering with this rope.

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