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Abseiling

Discussion in 'Urban Community Portal' started by urban, May 30, 2009.

  1. urban

    urban 28DL Full Member
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    Does anybody use a Petzl GriGri for abseiling or is this a bad idea?

    I normally use an 8 but have been looking for a safer alternative. Ive heard the Petzl stop is slow/awkward to use .

    I have a grigri for belaying and often wandered if anybody uses them for abseiling.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
     

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  2. Squirrell 911

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    Zerocool and I use them with no problems. Dont know what the official line is on them. We use a grigri and a shunt for prussicing too.
     
  3. dsankt

    dsankt si ce que tu dis est vrai
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    Grigri + momentum + 9mm rope can be interesting.
     
  4. wormster

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  5. loops

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    Dsankt is a lunatic... as he's fully aware, the Grigri is only rated for 10-11mm rope!
     
  6. BenCooper

    BenCooper Mr Boombastic
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    When I was young and stupid (well, younger and stupider) I tried descending 5mm paracord on a figure-8.

    Don't do that - it hurts.
     
  7. morse

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    Hi there
    to answer your question yes you can use a gri for ab but I would recommend only 10-11.5mm rope as 9mm goes really quickly and is difficult to stop I would also have a back up device I use a french prusik just in case of emergencys! there are other devices that will handle 9mm better I find a cinch works well also with a prusik loop though they are expensive but work in much the same way as a gri
    Hope this is of some help:thumb
     
  9. The Lone Ranger

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    Yes you can abseil on a Grigri although I find it hard to use on longer abseils and prefer to use an ATC (or similar) for leisure and a Petzl Stop for work.

    The good side of using a Grigri is that when used with a shunt, jummar or prusic devive it is very efficient to use to ascend rope over a short distance.

    Not sure why you want to know about abseiling, but for shortish abseils when I've been exploring I usually just use an Italian hitch and carry a couple of prusic loops to get back out.
     
  10. Doug

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    >Here< is a clip of some folks from the Cave Clan doing a bit of abseiling practice in preparation for some future exploring.

    For those that have seen the older version of the clip, this version now comes with Batman sound effects! :)
     
  11. Alley

    Alley Conspicuous Loiterer
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    I found the Petzl stop took a bit of getting used to, but I really like it now. It's a smoother descent than a GriGri.
     
  12. stepping lightly

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    If your abbing 10ft a small chain link will suffice , between 10 & 50 a figure8 and after that a stop is probably the best but main rule is keep it simple..
    [​IMG]
     
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  13. dsankt

    dsankt si ce que tu dis est vrai
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    If I didn't know what you'd done I'd say you're a fucking nutter with the chain link :D Wait, I'll still say that!
     
  14. diehardlove

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    Haha anyone else and id think they were taking the piss on the chain link but not sl.
    For me stop all the way.
     
  15. BenCooper

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    Pfft, equipment - my grandfather did it by just wrapping the rope around his leg...
     
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