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It's good to have options.
on September 3, 2009
We have always used run of the mill ATCs. We got this because I'm heavy (over 200lbs) and my special lady is light (around 130). I feel less guilty when I hang dog because now when I look back, she's smiling up at me.
We have been talking about lead climbing for weeks and she wanted a grigri because she sees 90% of girls who lead belay at our gym use them. Our teacher-to-be encourages learning on an ATC because they promote better habits. This belay device was the compromise. My special lady says it's much easier to belay me and I can see that she feels confident about learning to lead belay now that she has this added stopping power.
Out of curiosity, I belayed her with this device in High Friction mode. It took a lighter tough to stop her falls and lowering her was smooth.