Self-belaying is prohibited! - Petzl USA

Self-belaying is prohibited!


  • Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques.
  • 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.

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.