How To: Belaying - A Friction System

Belaying is one of the first and most important skills climbers must master to ensure the safety of all members of the climbing party.
Becca Polglase Becca Polglase
February 25, 2015

 

Belaying - a friction system

One of the first important safety skills a climber must learn is how to belay.  Belaying is a way of managing the rope, using friction created by bends in the rope around a carabiner and either a hitch or belay device, so that should the climber fall, the rope, and you, will halt the fall, keeping the climber safe.  Check out this video from Climbing Magazine which illustrates great belay technique.


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