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Blue Mountains - male climber injured after fall 12-Nov-2013 At 10:58:02 AM pmonks
On 12/11/2013 nmonteith wrote:
>I've said it before and I'll say it again. I prefer that my belayer uses
>a self-locking belay device (ie GriGri) for trad, sport, aid - whatever.

Related anecdote: just got back to U, S and A from a work trip to Barcelona, where I managed to drag myself up this beast (mini TR when I get a chance), and the guy I was with (a member of the Montserrat cliff rescue team) insisted that I use a reverso, rather than the ATC I'd brought with me.

His argument was similar to yours Neil, and made sense to me given that we were complete strangers (he's a friend of a friend). That said, and with my limited use of the thing, I'm not sure I'd trust a reverso to completely auto-lock in the event of comprehensive belayer failure, but it seemed like it'd perform better in that case than a vanilla ATC...

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