The Black Diamond Big Air Pilot Package combines the added security of an ATC Pilot belay device with the anti cross-loading Gridlock Carabiner.
The ATC Pilot is a mechanical autolocking belay device suitable for use with single ropes from 8.7 to 10.5mm and is a lighter alternative to a Gri Gri. It combines the performance of a full autolocker with the low weight and simplicity of a traditional belay plate. It allows the rope to be paid out smoothly whilst adding an extra level of security by automatically locking off the rope if the climber should fall. In order to avoid moving parts, the ATC Pilot uses the belay carabiner as the cam which locks the rope in the event of a fall.
The Black Diamond Gridlock Carabiner is a belay carabiner which solves the problem of the crab rotating on your belay loop and being cross-loaded in the event of a fall. The Gridlock solves this problem by adding a spur to the gate which makes it almost two carabiners in one. First you clip the Gridlock into your harness with the main carabiner eye. Then you pull the carabiner to make your belay loop captive in the smaller eye of the crab. Finally you clip in the ATC Pilot and rope and belay as normal.
This package is ideal for single rope climbing and is especially useful for inexperienced climbers and for those who teach groups as it allows you to check your belay system at a glance, eliminating a potential hazard.
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