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Rock Climbing Photo: Giggles and grins on Straight Shooter
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By Ken Noyce
From: Layton, UT
Feb 1, 2011
You might want to think about getting a new belayer. Her hand is completely off the brake side of the rope and firmly keeping the cam from engaging on the grigri. This is an accident just waiting to happen. Cool photo though.
By NickinCO
From: colorado
Oct 28, 2012
hah seriously... that's pretty scary.
By camhead
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
Feb 11, 2014
Hey, while you guys are being safety nazis, maybe we need to point out that she's using a gri gri for trad! Static shockload from hell! They're all gonna die!
By Tim Hadfield
From: Steamboat Springs, Co
Mar 11, 2014
When I zoom in on the photo, looks like one hand is above and one hand below the gri-gri. I guess you have to BE THERE to asses your own belayers.
By Byron Hempel
From: Tucson
Dec 5, 2014
also, it's fine to use a gri gri for trad belaying- probably safer than an ATC in some aspects (rock fall knocking out the belayer, the grigri can lock etc); but concerning the static fall, the rope should be dynamic; also belayer can jump and/or if the climber is heavier then the belayer will give a soft catch by being lifted off the ground
By Cunning Linguist
Dec 5, 2014
Just pointing out that we are all better people for adding these comments. Yay spare time!
By alleyehave
From: San Diego, CA
Feb 15, 2015
"gri gri for trad.....static shockload from hell"...You have to be kidding me...
By sherb
From: Loveland, Ohio & Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Mar 25, 2017
Having her hands off the brake side and constant engaging the cam is dangerous and neutralizes the purpose of having a belayer. Concerns regarding that doesn't seem over-the-top to warrant a safety nazi comment. On the other hand, potential shock load can be mitigated.
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Giggles and grins on Straight Shooter

Submitted By: Tim Hadfield on Jan 31, 2011
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Straight Shooter (5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a )
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