Jan 5, 2011, 2:07 PM
Registered: Apr 12, 2001
despite the potential rudeness of tugging your belayer, it does have the advantage of making sure the grigri is threaded on the correct side of the rope. do you do anything special to check this? (I thread it by following it from the tie-in, but I'm all for improving things.)
I look at it. I check to make sure my end is coming out of the end of the grigri that the hinge of the lever (that round thing) is on. Also, if the grigri locks up when the belayer tugs the rope, then the grigri is threaded correctly.
Within my circle of climbing partners we have evolved a system whereby the climber looks at the belayer when he is ready to start climbing, and when he makes eye contact, the belayer "yank checks" the grigri and pushes on the gate of the belay carabiner so that both partners know that it is locked. If a new partner doesn't do these two checks upon eye contact (many do—apparently there is convergent evolution), I'll ask them to.
(This post was edited by jt512 on Jan 5, 2011, 2:08 PM)