Uneven stances, hanging belays, anchors, roots and rocks your rope can snag on...belaying outside is full of hazards that aren't replicated in the gym. Here are some strategies to keep both the climber and belayer safe and secure.
How you hold the rope is just one aspect of the belay—no more or less important than vigilance, rope management, how and where you stand, and communication.
Parents love their kids and will do anything for them, including taking them toprope climbing when they don't have a clue.
I wanted the send as much as my son. Invested emotionally in his success and full of doubt about my own belaying ability, could I be the partner he needed on his hardest route?
Our savvy readers submitted these four tips from the field that can help you out of a tight spot, or just make your day at the crag or on the wall more efficient and enjoyable.
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