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By SMR
Feb 23, 2013
I easily belay the Grigri 2 left handed. 15 years ago a petal rep showed me a slightly different technique that works perfectly for grigri 1 and i adapted quickly to gen 2 last year. pm me and I will send you more info.

Btw I use the Grigri in a normal position ( not upside down) and I am female so switching to Gen2 was no big deal. If you have larger hands the smaller size could be a slight issue.

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By michaeltarne
Feb 23, 2013
As a fellow lefty, I would highly recommend learning to belay ambidextrously.

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By Woodchuck ATC
Feb 23, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
michaeltarne wrote:
As a fellow lefty, I would highly recommend learning to belay ambidextrously.

I do this with any ATC style device for sure....forced to do so when taking pics with right hand and belaying with left hand on climbs. But agree with the grigri it can be difficult to do so.

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By Kirk B.
From Boise, ID
Feb 23, 2013
belay slaving on some route I forgot the name of way right of Bloody Fingers.
I'm Lefty & I reckon in a right handed World one must adapt or die.
Like it ever was.

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By nicelegs
From Denver
Feb 23, 2013
I can't believe people are so helpless. I am left handed but I live in a right handed world. I can swing a golf club and shoot a rifle right handed. I certainly belay right handed. All this hand wringing is stupid. Stop shopping at the leftorium and take some initiative to learn how to live.

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By Healyje
Feb 23, 2013
girl40
As bearbreeder notes: there are assisted locking and autoblocking devices, but there are no 'auto locking' devices and the idea that there are plays into countless belaying accidents.

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By The Ex-Engineer
From UK
Feb 23, 2013
Dan White wrote:
I spent a little time fighting with it, but eventually just learned to belay right-handed with the GriGri.


+1

I'm another left hander. Just learn to use the Grigri, it's not hard, given that we should to be able to belay to a basic standard with both hands anyway.

I'm still in two minds about the two versions. I've not been sport climbing much since I got my GriGri 2, but my first impression are that the smaller size will probably take a bit of getting used to before everything is really slick.

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By climber pat
From Las Cruces, NM
Feb 23, 2013
I have both climbing technology Alpine Up and and a Mammut Smart Alpine. The Smart Alpine is good, the Alpine Up is great.

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By John Keller
Feb 23, 2013
If you can't belay just as well with either hand then you haven't yet learned to belay.

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By Khoi
From Vancouver, BC
Feb 26, 2013
John Keller wrote:
If you can't belay just as well with either hand then you haven't yet learned to belay.


I wish this attitude were more widespread.

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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Feb 26, 2013
There's alot of good advice in this thread about belaying left handed with any device- i've taught many people to belay with the grigri left handed and its almost never an issue. it feels weird for them for one, maybe two sessions, and then its fine.

that said, keep an eye out for the Edelrid Mega and Micro Jul coming out this March or April- $35, 60g (half the weight and almost half the price of the Mammut Smarts), locking assist belay device. Looks and behaves like an ATC except when you fall, then it does the locking assist thing. Pretty neat little device.

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