Archive for May, 2014

Quashing the Petzl Grigri 2 Recall Rumours!

For info and clarification, recent postings on social media about a recall of the Grigri 2 refer to the recall dating back to 2011. Petzl has NOT issued a new recall for the Grigri 2.

The recall concerned all GRIGRI 2’s (D14 2O, D14 2G, D14 2B) with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136.

Petzl Grigri 2 Recall

To read the full recall notice for the Grigri 2 please click the following link:

DMM Catch Review

DMM Catch Back-up device for Rope Access review

Yesterday we had a sneak preview of the DMM Catch back-up device. Our initial impression is that it’s well made and well designed (we’d expect nothing less from DMM who offer a range of quality climbing products) and should prove popular with those looking for a tow-able back-up device for rope access, attachable to a harness using a cowstail from their waist attachment point.

Whilst the body of the device (a tweaked version of the Buddy) has been around for a while, the ‘catch’ element has been long in the making, has gone through a complete metamorphosis and is now a sleek, clever and well thought-out design (much improved from the inverted hammer with red emergency button offered up as a concept in the early stages of the design process!).

For those who are unfamiliar with the Buddy, it is one of the various devices available on the market today which use rotational braking (the device locks on to the rope when the device is rotated when loaded). For the rope to run through, the device needs to be rotated in the opposite direction to the lanyard attachment point, and this is done by pulling gently on the catch.

The principal of the catch itself is that in the event of a mainline failure, the user will squeeze the catch which will become detached from the cam of the device allowing the device to rotate and lock onto the rope (although the same result – locking of the device on the rope – can also be achieved by simple letting go of the catch so the device rotates, research has shown that there can be a tendency for people to grip a towcord even harder when they suddenly drop. When using the catch correctly this gribbing action will cause the catch to release and the cam will then lock onto the rope). The catch remains connected to the body of the device by a small wire so there is no chance of dropping the catch part.

When ascending the device can be moved up the rope in the same manner as has been used by rope access technicians when historically using the Petzl Shunt as a back-up I.e. by grabbing the lanyard at the device end and flicking it upwards (sometimes requiring you to hold the tail slack end of the rope).

DMM have gone to great lengths to test the device on an extensive range of ropes and brands, and having found the test results varied substantially from brand to brand, have decided to only rate it for use with 11mm ropes (the most and only disappointing thing about the DMM Catch in our opinion).

On a positive note however, although the device is marked with a maximum load of 100kg, it has been rated for, and can be used in exceptional circumstances, for rescue.

The DMM Buddy Catch is due for release onto the market in July 2014. Pre-orders can be made through Abaris International by simply calling customer services on 01484 768277.

Comparison of the new Petzl ASAP Back-up Devices

There are now two versions of the popular Petzl ASAP Fall Arrest / Back-up device: the ASAP and the ASAP Lock.

– Both devices feature a rotating toothed wheel which arrests a fall by locking onto the rope if the device is shockloaded (when the wheel reaches a certain speed it automatically slows then locks onto the rope).
– Both have a stainless steel contact wheel for durability and corrosion resistance.
Petzl ASAP Lock
– Both conform to EN353-2 (Personal Protective Equipment against falls from height: Guided type fall arrestors on a flexible anchorage line) and EN12481 (Personal Fall Protection Equipment. Rope Access Systems. Rope adjustment devices).
– Both devices are certified to stop the fall of one person (test weight 100kg) but can be used in exceptional circumstances as a back-up for two persons (provided the following conditions are met: Using a L57 Absorbica Shock-absorbing lanyard without an extension) / Only for roped rescue work – emergency abseil pick-off of an immobile hanging victim / Only when all the risks in falling and shock loading are minimised (anchor failure, pendulum, sudden loading etc) / Only when the operation is carried out by a person experienced with this type of rescue). For users over 100kg please visit

Petzl ASAP 2014
– The ASAP Lock has a connection arm which gives a direct attachment to a lanyard (the Petzl Absorbica or ASAPsorber) and using the safety catches to open the device the user can put the device on, or remove it from the rope without detaching it from the harness thus eliminating the risk of dropping it. The standard ASAP is connected via triact triple action karabiner to the lanyard and this karabiner needs to be removed before the device can be put on or removed from the rope.
– The ASAP Lock has a Locking switch allowing it to be locked in one position on the rope, a useful feature which can help limit fall distances and prevent ‘bellying’ in high winds (where the rope is pulled through a device producing a long slack loop above it, which can result in longer fall distances and bigger shockloads in the event of a main line failure) .
– The ASAP Lock conform to both European standards (EN) and ANSI Z359.15 (for use in the US) making it suitable for use globally. The standard ASAP conforms just to EN standards.

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