I have used the basic ATC for more than 10 years, and was very interested in the look and design of the ATC Guide. So I went to the store and picked one up. I was impressed straight from the start. It is as easy to use as the ATC but has so much more to offer. When my wife is belaying me the grooved sides give her more control and stopping power.
The guide mode makes it a breeze to bring up a climber on a multi-pitched route. I have used the guide on both multi-pitch, and sports routes. It might be a little over kill if you are just going to be doing single pitched sport routes, but if you think you might ever start doing multi-pitch, I think it is worth the investment.
If you want more information about the ATC Guide check out Black Diamonds website at http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com. If you already have the guide and would like to learn a little more about it and how to use it, Black Diamond has a how to video on their site. I hope you all find the ATC Guide as useful as I did. Happy climbing.
For climbing and mountaineering only. Climbing is dangerous. Understand and accept the risks involved before participating. You are responsible for your own actions and decisions. Before using this product, read and understand all instructions and warnings that accompany it and familiarize yourself with its capabilities and limitations. We recommend that every climber seek qualified instruction. Failure to respect any of these warnings can result in severe injury or death!