As a belay device, one of the unique features of the Totem is it’s ability to be used as a lever in plaquette belay mode. If the belay operator needs to lower the climber, they simply need to pull up on the long end of the Totem instead of running cord through the device and anchor. Plaquette mode belay can also be quickly converted to a progress capture for a simple 3:1 haul. To ascend, the totem works as a progress capture in both “Stop and Go” and “Plaquette” mode.

Video produced by Ryan Stallings and Rock Exotica.