Learn This: Protect Your Belay, Protect Your Belayer

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When the weather’s good and the rock is calling, it’s easy to tie in and rush into climbing. But first, think about the belay. If your belayer’s not safe or stable, neither are you—whether you’re sport, trad, single-, or multi-pitch climbing. No matter who’s holding the rope—total newbie or hardened vet—setting up the belayer to deliver a secure, safe, reliable catch will not only prevent leader and belayer injury, it will also help the leader move faster and more efficiently. 

The belayer should take a braced stance. Photo: Courtesy

The belayer should take a braced stance. Photo: Courtesy

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