CTAC: Fixed-point Belay Testing

Part of the Climbing Technical Advisory Committee's charter is to stay up-to-date with modern climbing techniques and technical systems, and to make recommendations based on our experiences and research. Sometimes in-house lab testing of a new technique is necessary. This is one of those nights.
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Fixed-point belaying of a leader is a relatively new technique for recreational climbers, but is beginning to gain popularity in North America.  The goal of this evening is for CTAC members to get hands-on experience with this unfamiliar technique, to supplement the committee's online research.  Our goal is to understand the strengths and weakness of this technique relative to a traditional off-the-harness belaying of the leader.