Last weekend we had our second meet of the year. I think it’s fair to say both of our fresher’s meets have been a success despite the weather.
For those of you who couldn’t go on the meets or are still a bit confused about belaying outdoors, hopefully these short videos (~2 mins each) can help.
Key points for lead belaying:
Pay attention to what your climber is doing
Don’t let go of the dead rope
Stand close to the rock (trad climbing gear is not always mulit-directional)
Remember they need a bit of slack so they can move!
Rope drag can lift the gear out, using two ropes can help.
Key points for belaying with two ropes:
Learn to be ambidextrous and belay with either hand
Anticipate your climber’s moves. If they’re climbing on the right expect to pay out on the right. Be ready if they do fall
Practice is the only way you’re going to get good at this
Practice on the ground beforehand and don’t be afraid to ask someone more experienced to check what you’re doing
Technique for belaying with two ropes (watch from ~2 minutes in):
The BMC and have loads of resources on learning new skills. Check out BMCTV (http://tv.thebmc.co.uk/) for more videos or look on the UKC articles page (https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/older.html?category=3) to learn more skills.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook