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Belay technique: taking up slack

Warnings

  • Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques.
  • It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information
  • Mastering these techniques requires training.
  • Consult a professional before attempting to perform these techniques on your own.

Technique 1: hand over hand

It is suitable only for top-rope climbing as it doesn't work in situations where there is no tension in the climber-side rope. In this case, use the shuffle technique shown below.

Technique 2: shuffle technique

Recommended technique for quickly taking up lots of slack or when there is no tension in the climber-side rope. WARNING: the hand on the brake side slides along the rope, but must never let go of the rope.

Technique 3 (PBUS technique – Pull Brake Under Slide)

Variation of techniques 1 and 2. WARNING: the hand on the brake side slides along the rope, but must never let go of the rope.

Regardless of the technique used, never let go of the brake-side rope