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Not sure if these are "Petrenko" cams under a different name or not. Someone on rc.com bought a couple and pull-tested them and they actually had impressive results when compared to certified cams. However, the difference is they're not subject to the rigorous quality control that cams such as BDs a...
Not only physical but getting out and climbing more helps you gain experience. I don't consider myself any stronger than when I started climbing, but I climb a few grades higher and its simply because I'm more efficient and make better moves.
This article will probably spark up some debate and I'm sure everyone has seen it, but it just fits well with the context of the thread:
When I am belaying either a toproper or a leader from below I treat the GriGri like an ATC. However, I voted YES because I believe that if nothing is overlooked and the proper rope sizes are used, GriGri is in good condition, etc, it is safe. The GriGri and other types of autoblocking devices are co...