Lead belaying with a Gri Gri is one of the most requested things that we get asked during our Chicks rock clinics. Lead belaying with a Gri Gri
(or brake assist device) can be a little tricky at first, but with a little practice you will quickly become proficient at using this valuable tool for all belaying scenarios, both top rope and lead belaying.
There are a couple of key points to keep in mind:
1. The GriGri must be loaded properly in order to function correctly. Thankfully there are diagrams on the unit for you to refer to when you load up the climbers rope. Read the literature that comes with the device.
2. Hold the Gri Gri so you don’t defeat the camming mechanism.
3. Maintain at least 3 fingers on the brake strand at all times. Just because it is brake assisting device does NOT mean it’s a hands free device.
4. Always close the system by tying a stopper knot on the brake hand side of the rope to avoid accidentally lowering your climber off the end of the rope.
Petzl’s website is a great resource for instructional videos and downloads of the owners manual.
Petzl’s Gri Gri Short Video
Need more? Check out Petzl’s long video for belaying with a Gri Gri.