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Aug 4, 2016

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!
Austin May
Joined Sep 5, 2015
10 points
Aug 4, 2016
Money well spent. Just buy the minitrax. Rob Dillon
Joined Mar 22, 2002
645 points
Aug 4, 2016
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. Brett Kitchen
Joined Apr 25, 2016
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Aug 4, 2016
It'll work, but after a while you will realize the hassle and buy a better device. mike gibson
From Rapid City, SD
Joined Jul 5, 2006
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Aug 4, 2016
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.
Aaron Nash
From North Bend, WA
Joined Apr 28, 2011
208 points
Aug 4, 2016
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.
Ethan Little
From Longmont, CO
Joined Jan 16, 2014
131 points
Aug 4, 2016
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. FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
15 points
Aug 4, 2016
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! Morgan Patterson
Joined Oct 13, 2009
8,157 points
Aug 4, 2016
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. Brian Matusiewicz
From Bridgewater
Joined Dec 12, 2015
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Aug 4, 2016
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.
Robert Michael
Joined Aug 20, 2014
25 points
Aug 4, 2016
Couple threads to get you started...

Soloist Devices

Top Rope Solo Setup

..and some photos:

Rock Climbing Photo: top rope solo setup petzl
top rope solo setup petzl

Rock Climbing Photo: Top Rope Solo; toprope solo; tr solo  Ditch the ba...
Top Rope Solo; toprope solo; tr solo

Ditch the backup knots AND self belay hands free!

Use a fixed single rope. (Backup lines are like gumby thongs to tr soloists in the know.)

It is possible to use a variety of ascenders in the demostrated configuration. Pictured are a microcender as primary (toothless mechanical prusik allows some slippage to reduce dynamic loads and can be moved down the rope easily with one hand). Micro traxion as secondary (light, low friction).

Hold primary up with makeshift chest harness for zero slack. Extend primary with full strength cord so that, in the event of failure or slippage of the primary, the secondary does not jam against the primary (lesson learned from experience and a mangled secondary).

The extension on the primary also aids in transitioning to a descending device

TR solo only! Do not try to rope solo (i.e. lead) with this setup!

Rock Climbing Photo: Top rope solo setup - the Petzl way...
Top rope solo setup - the Petzl way...

Rock Climbing Photo: Solo top rope
Solo top rope
Daryl Allan
From Sierra Vista, AZ
Joined Sep 13, 2006
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