Petzl Reverso Instructions

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Petzl Reverso Instructions
Climb safely using the Petzl Reverso. (Rock Climbing Wall image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

The Petzl Reverso is a belay device that allows the leader to use the belay. The climber can also attach the Reverso to an anchor point and belay a second, in both braking and non-braking modes.

Using the Reverso should pose no serious problems to an experienced climber. However, inexperienced climbers should be cautious of the dangers of rock climbing, regardless of the equipment being used.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Rock climbing harness
  • Carabiners
  • Climbing rope

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clip the Reverso's retainer, the metal loop at the bottom of the Reverso, to the belay loop of your harness using a carabiner. Do not lock the carabiner yet.

  2. 2

    Create a loop, also known as a bight, in the your climbing rope. Put the bight through one of the slots in the Reverso. The rope should be inserted so that the bight comes out near the retainer.

  3. 3

    Loop the bight of rope onto the carabiner. Lock the carabiner. Double-check that the harness, Reverso, carabiner and rope are all safely secured.

  4. 4

    Pull the rope through the Reverso, making sure it moves freely on the climbing side, and effectively brakes on the braking side.

  5. 5

    Attach the climbing side of the rope to the climber, as you would with any other belay device. Follow all standard climbing safety precautions, and always keep one hand on the rope so that you are ready to brake at any time.

  1. 1

    Loop a locking carabiner to your anchor point. Loop the attachment point, the metal loop at the top of the Reverso, through the carabiner. Lock the carabiner, and double-check that it is attached securely to the anchor point.

  2. 2

    Take up any slack in the climbing ropes. Create a loop, also known as a bight, in your climbing ropes. Put one bight through each of the slots in the Reverso. The rope should be inserted so that the bights comes out near the retainer.

  3. 3

    Loop a carabiner through the bights of rope so that the carabiner passes through both ropes, as well as the retainer. The ropes should run over the back of the carabiner. Lock the carabiner. Double-check that the harness, Reverso, carabiner and rope are all safely secured.

  4. 4

    Pull the ropes through the Reverso, making sure that they move freely on the climbing side, and effectively brake on the braking side.

  5. 5

    Climb as you would with any other belay device. Follow all standard climbing safety precautions. Use both hands to pull slack.

  1. 1

    Loop a locking carabiner to your anchor point. Loop the your climbing ropes through the carabiner. Lock the carabiner. Double-check to make sure that the carabiner is secure.

  2. 2

    Take up all slack in the line.

  3. 3

    Clip the Reverso's retainer, the metal loop at the bottom of the Reverso, to the belay loop of your harness using a carabiner. Do not lock the carabiner yet.

  4. 4

    Create a loop, also known as a bight, in your climbing ropes. Put one bight through each of the slots in the Reverso. The rope should be inserted so that the bights comes out near the retainer.

  5. 5

    Loop the bight of ropes onto the carabiner attached to the belay loop of your harness. Lock the carabiner. Double-check that the harness, Reverso, carabiner and ropes are all safely secured.

  6. 6

    Pull the ropes through the Reverso, making sure that they move freely on the climbing side, and effectively brake on the braking side. Note that the Reverso does not automatically brake in this mode.

  7. 7

    Climb as you would with any other belay device. Follow all standard climbing safety precautions. Always keep one hand on the braking side of the rope.

Tips and warnings

  • Always exercise caution and follow all safety procedures when rock climbing.

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