/ Petzl Basic for shunting/self-belay
The Petzl website has instructions for setting it up for self-belay:
But also the manual for the (presumably new-model) Basic says: "Self-belaying is prohibited" - http://www.petzl.com/files/all/technical-notice/Pro/B18-BASIC.pdf
Does that mean the old basic is good but the new one not?
Also, the self-belay page says to attach to the top attachment hole, whereas the manual suggests the bottom should be used... which is correct?
Use the old basic, with a carabiner through the top holes, for self belaying. That way the rope is entirely captive. Same as one does with an ascension:
If you're buying kit, look at the microtraxion too.
I've used the old basic and it works very nicely, so I assumed the new one would be the same but lighter. Will check some reviews of the microtraxion.
I haven't seen a new basic, but with the old basic or the ascension, if you only had a biner through the bottom whole, it was feasible to accidently get your ascender off. Uncommon event, but not unheard of. Is more likely to happen on traverses. I suspect thats the case with the new basic...But I'm not sure, you could try to play with it and see if you can get the rope to come out. I do wonder what the difference between the croll and the new basic is, they're almost the same device.
(On a side note the minitraxion accidently locking open is also not unheard of.)
Microtraxion is a really nice device, very light, low bulk, and a much better pulley than the minitraxion. Infact looking at the two you realise just how bad the minitraxion design is (small radius pulley, a locking open fail mode that's a little too likely, almost twice the weight of the micro...)
Might interest you:
> I haven't seen a new basic, but with the old basic or the ascension, if you only had a biner through the bottom whole, it was feasible to accidently get your ascender off.
Yeah, having read the Petzl guide, I assumed top-holing was the recommended behaviour, and it's certainly safer as the krab should jam on a safety knot if the cam is opened or fails.
Toproping traverses doesn't sound very fun to me anyway - will avoid.
Unfortunately I won't get a chance to try different devices before I order. I read a caver's review that said the new croll is slightly worse than the old (gets stuck, IIRC), and then new basic is just as good as the old one, although they suggest it might not be as durable ( http://blog.rockcreek.com/archives/vertical-caving-with-the-new-redesigned-2013-petzl-basic-and-petz... ).
From a quick read, you can modify the device to prevent this from happening - http://www.supertopo.com/photos/1/71/138598_20946_L.jpg - not sure how inconvenient this would be if you ever wanted to use it as a pulley, though.
> Might interest you:
Thing is, I've never needed a pulley and doubt I will soon, whereas an ascender would be quite handy, so unless the microtraxion is easier to toprope with I don't think I'm interested.
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