If I had to suggest just one, it’d be the Hitchhiker, it does it all, tends nicely (even better w a micro pulley), SRT, DdRT, lanyard, or whatever. I think the HH2 is about the least expensive of them all too, besides homemade.
I have a Gibbs or 2 and a couple BuckGrabs with the eye set at 90 degrees instead of inline with the body of the device. They’re pretty much the same device. ISC, Petzl, Rock Exotica, etc all make a very similar rope grab.What makes the Gibbs better than other grabs? Looking at pics, it has some extra stuff on the outside of the housing, but I'm guess the internals are typical?
I feel like you just wrote my life story! I want to keep a positive attitude like you. Fortunately I also love my "wrong" job. And I get to do a little rigging occasionally.Thinking back, I wonder if I chose the wrong career. As a kid, I used to occasionally see guys in trees, and thought it was really cool. I was also big into climbing trees for fun(I guess most boys were. Are they still??). Somehow, I guess I forgot about it, and didn't consider checking it out when I got into working. I either missed out on the best career ever, or would have missed having a fun fresh hobby in my later years(burned out from doing it for money) :shrugs: You don't get any do-overs, so I'll just play the cards I have :^)