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Gri Gri 2 Top Rope Soloing

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Austin May · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 25


Does anyone have any knowledge on top rope soloing with a grigri? Best methods for backing it up mainly.. I would like the ability to run laps on single pitch stuff to dial in technique, but without having to deal with a bored partner. I know the micro traxion is the best method, but I've already got a grigri and wouldn't mind saving $100 - although I'm not opposed to making the purchase. Just wanted to see what my options were.

Thanks for anything you might know!

Rob Dillon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 710

Money well spent. Just buy the minitrax.

Brett Kitchen · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 10

You can place an overhand on a bite in the line once you get a bit off the ground, so that even if the Gri fails you'll stop on that knot.

mike gibson · · Rapid City, SD · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 0

It'll work, but after a while you will realize the hassle and buy a better device.

Aaron Nash · · North Bend, WA · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 216

Back it up by tying a few knots in the line below the grigri. You can also back it up by tying a few loops on another fixed strand of rope periodically and clipping those to your belay loop.

If it's something you're going to do a bunch, I recommend just getting the microtrax. I could never get my grigri2 to autofeed and have to haul in slack at good rests (if anyone has any tips, I'd appreciate it). The microtrax runs smooth with no hassles. I currently run a grigri on one line and a microtrax on another when I TR solo and have had good luck.

There's tons of info and different setups out there on this too. Strengthen your google-fu, grasshopper.

Ethan Little · · Longmont, CO · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 266

I've been using the same setup Aaron mentions. It works, but it's still annoying to pull slack through the grigri, especially if there aren't good stances every few feet.

I'm currently looking for a single rope, microtrax+something setup that auto-feeds, which will prevent the cluster that two ropes and a grigri create.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

Toprope soloing with a GriGri sounds like a pain in the arse - having to stop and pull slack through the device. I use two mini-Traxions and that feeds well.

Morgan Patterson · · CT · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 8,767

GriGri 1 TR no prob, tie pack or h20 bottles to end of rope to pull. Tie one knot at some point above the ground and good to go... 2 however has got to be major PITA!

Brian Matusiewicz · · Bridgewater · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 35

I've used the mircotrax with the grigri but my usual setup for solo is the mirco with the petzl ascension ascender. Both feed pretty well. But if you're gonna be rappelling down then you have to bring your rappel device with you (reverso 4 for me). So it's more gear to carry. Cheapest would probably be 2 lines and clipping into a loop on the 2nd.

Robert Michael · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 156

If you're going to do anything hard, you probably won't like using a Grigri or backup knots. Ascenders, Microcenders, Mini Traxions, etc. (though all have their separate drawbacks) are the way to go because once weighted, they let the rope feed smoothly.

I used to stop and tie backup knots. Then I went to pretied backup knots that I clipped. Finally, I switched to tying the rope so as to have two independent strands and using a device on each. The setup is more time-consuming and it does require more gear, but that system has made solo TR so much more enjoyable and so much safer.

Daryl Allan · · Sierra Vista, AZ · Joined Sep 2006 · Points: 1,065
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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