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How to use Black Diamond ATC Pilot braking device

The Black Diamond ATC Pilot is designed for single pitch climbing both indoors and outdoors. It’s compatible with 8.7 to 10.5 millimeter ropes.

Black Diamond ATC Pilot braking device

Black Diamond ATC Pilot Provides an added level of security to single pitch belays

It functions just like a standard tube style belay device but offers the advantages of enhanced braking. This makes longer belay sessions easier on the belayer as well as smooth gradual control when lowering a climber.

To set up the Black Diamond ATC Pilot insert a Bight of rope in the metal slot at the top of the device the breakout of the rope should be running closest to the thumb tab.

Clip an HMS locking carabiner to the belay loop on your harness and then clip both sides of the device and the rope like this. Be sure to lock the carabiner.

Before starting to climb verify the Black Diamond ATC Pilot is properly setup by checking the locking function of the device.

Before the climb leaves the ground you want to be sure to do a buddy check. Then verify the device functions correctly. Once everything has been checked you’re good to go.

Belay with the Black Diamond ATC Pilot as you would with any tube style belay device such as the ATC or the ATC guide even though the ATC pilot has enhanced braking it is absolutely necessary to keep your brake hand on the rope at all times.

Black Diamond ATC Pilot braking device

Catching a fall is the same as well be sure to keep your brake hand on the rope in the locked position.

Controlled lowering

To lower the climber begin by locking off the rope with your free hand grip the ATC pilot like this and slowly and gradually rotate the device towards you as you rotate that you are disengaging the device’s braking function and the Rope will start to run through the device.

Let the Rope run through your closed hand. Control the speed of descent by modulating how much you rotate the device and by how tightly you squeeze the brake end of the rope.

To stop lowering remove your hand from the device and squeeze with your brake hand. It may take a little practice to smoothly lower a climber.

You lead belay with the Atc pilot as you would with any tube style belay device to pay slack out slowly you can use a standard method as shown here remembering to always keep your brake hand on the rope.

At times the belayer will need to pay out rope quickly such as when the climber is clipping. To do this move your brake hand up the rope and let your thumb come in contact with the thumb tab by pushing up on the thumb tab you will disengage the braking function of the device and the belayer can pay out slack smoothly.

Notice that the belayer’s brake hand never comes off the rope or changes position once the belayer is given out enough slack that the brake hand can return to its normal position lower on the rope and belay as usual.

The Black Diamond ATC Pilot operates in much the same way as standard tube style belay devices but offers the advantages of enhanced braking this enhanced braking is super beneficial when it comes to people using skinnier ropes of today as well as making longer belay sessions easier on the belayer and offering smooth gradual control when lowering a climber.

Black Diamond ATC Pilot Belay/Rappel Device – Black

Accommodates ropes from 8.7-11
Provides an added level of security to single pitch belays
Smooth rope payout

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