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Utility without those unnecessary bells and whistles.

How do you make the most popular belay device in the world even better? You give it an extra loop that lets you belay your second directly from the anchor, with auto-locking capability, and then you machine out every last gram of unneeded material and call it the Black Diamond ATC Guide. Loved by trad climbers, ice climbers, and alpinists alike, this belay device lets you belay two following climbers while you tie your shoes and eat a sandwich, without any risk to anyone's life. Get yourself an ATC Guide, and go climb something that gets you a few pitches off the ground. By the time you're back at the car, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it.

  • Works as an auto-locking device when you're belaying the second directly off the anchor
  • Can be used to belay two following climbers at the same time
  • Secondary loop lets you get the leverage needed to release and lower a fallen second
  • Deep V-notches make it easier to hold big lead falls
  • CNC-machined to eliminate every unneeded speck of weight
  • Works on ropes from a tiny 7.7mm up to a burly 11mm
  • Climbing Magazine Editor's Choice Award

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5 5

Amazing, but heavy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This device is awesome. I use it at the gym, the crag, top rope, sport, multipitch, and mixed climbing. It feeds smoothly, grabs the rope when you brake, and the v grooves let you hold a hangdogging climber even when you're pumped. My only complaint is that it is heavier then similar devices, but that is the price you pay for this kind of performance.

5 5

stoked

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like how versatile this is. I'm glad it was my first choice and I've never looked back.

The deep V notches in the brake add a little too much friction on rappels, but they're great for belaying. This isn't really a problem since the manual says you can run your rope out either direction when rapping. I guess it's more of a preference thing. I suppose there's a chance I might run my rope out the high friction side if I weighed more.

I love the extra ring, and am all together stoked on this piece of gear.

Award Winning Belay Device

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Learn why the ATC Guide won an American Alpine Institute Guides Choice Award.

Rappelling in Sand Rock, AL

Rappelling in Sand Rock, AL

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Quality equipment from BD, as always. Peace of mind while using this device.

5 5

Multi-pitch must

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For all climbers this device is light weight, practical, and with so many uses how could you ever go wrong? I wish I would have bought the guide ATC to start, even though its a little more expensive, just spend the extra money!

Multi-pitch must
5 5

Staple ATC

Versatile, reasonably light. It handles whatever you throw at it. A great step up from the traditional ATC.

5 5

Just glance at the reviews.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

There is a reason the ATC Guide has so many good reviews. Everyone is dumb.... or maybe it is a great piece. I am a begginer so I can not give you all these awesome pics or breakdowns on why this is the best Belay device. What I can tell you is, as a begginer I love it. It's a device I will not grow out of. I like the fact I can Rap/Belay using high or low friction. It gives me the choice when I want a little more control and braking ease.

5 5

No doubt

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No doubt the most versatile and diverse belay device on the market. I love the auto locking feature when you're belaying from above. Bottom Line: Just buy the damn thing already, I know you've been looking at it for like 8 months now

5 5

Versatility as its Best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hands down my favorite belay device for multiple applications. From rock to ice, top belay to bottom belay, rappelling, you name it, this beast gets it done.

5 5

Simple and Versatile

I love this belay device. It runs smooth and catches well, the ability to belay directly off the anchor is ideal and the control offered during rappelling is perfect when having to clean that crooked route or working your way into that slot canyon.

Simple and Versatile
5 5

Simple and effective

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are no cons to this device. Use it, love it, and move on to something more complex when the time is right. It's a piece of gear you should own no matter what. Single rappel, belay, etc.

5 5

Guides Really Do Use It

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great for belaying two seconds directly off an anchor. Great friction when you want it, but also great control during rappels. Tons of uses. Durable. The standard.

5 5

A classic for a reason.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ever wonder why the only belay devices you see at the crag are the BD ATC Guide and the Petzl Grigri? There's a reason for that--this belay device is one of the most versatile, all-around belay devices on the market. It does what it should; catches big falls, rappels extremely well, and can be used in guide mode to easily bring up a second on a multipitch climb.

Not much else to say about it.

Pros: extremely versatile, does everything you need it to exceptionally well.

Cons: none.

5 5

If you have only one THIS IS IT

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used the ATC Guide for years and it's the one device I would have if I could only have one belay device. Doesn't wear out after a long season or two like the Reverso. The Eldrid Meg Jul looked promising but currently they have some problems with the cable staying in the body.

5 5

Best piece of climbing equipment I own

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As easy to use as the Black Diamond ATC (standard tube-style device) and better than a GriGri for belaying up a second.

It's rare that one piece of equipment is universally useful to new climbers and advanced ones. This one is. You could use it on your first day learning to climb in the gym, or on a long day at Eldo. I love mine so much I bought one for my girlfriend for Valentines (seriously).

When in guide mode, the ATC Guide is amazing - offering an auto-locking back-up when you're bringing up a second.

Pros: Light, super-simple design, multi-functional (great for rappelling, belaying on TR, or belaying up a 2nd from an anchor).

Cons: None.

How to Use Your ATC-Guide

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Black Diamond's official video on how to use your ATC-Guide, including belay from above and giving slack.

5 5

A Must for Multi-Pitch

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A highly versatile, well thought out, reasonably priced belay device. Whether you're using it as a regular ATC, or mounting it to the anchor and belaying from above in Guide-mode, this is another example of a reasonably-priced-yet-thoroughly-well-designed product from Black Diamond. If you are belaying from above, make sure you have a small sling or length of cord to enable you to give slack. Black Diamond has a video explaining how to give slack or lower in that circumstance. If you need a belay device, look no further than right here!

5 5

Does the trick!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great ATC. I use it mainly with a 9.8mm rope and it works great!
Yet another bomber product from black diamond.

5 5

Versatile

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this to use the guide mode for belaying up followers on multi pitch trad routes, and the ease of use is perfect at the anchors. Also having high friction and low friction mode is convenient as well. Pretty light too!

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