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How to install a top-rope

Installing a top-rope is one of the basic techniques first learned in rock climbing. Even if it eventually becomes routine, it is important to keep in mind that 30 to 40 m above the ground an error can quickly have serious consequences. So remain focused when climbing and belaying!

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.

Regardless of the technique used, the belayer must continue to belay the climber throughout the entire sequence, never letting go of the brake-side rope.

You may encounter different belay station configurations.

Case 1: belay station with points connected by a chain

Example:

Belay station with points connected by a chain

Technique 1: climber stays tied in during the entire sequence and is lowered on a carabiner



Lowering on a carabiner

Technique 2: lowering on a tie-in knot



Lowering on the tie-in knot

Case 2: belay with unconnected points

Examples:

Belay with unconnected points
Belay with unconnected points

1. Connect to both points with your lanyard:

Connect to both points with your lanyard

2. For the next steps, use one of the techniques previously described, running the rope through both points of the belay station:

Connect to both points with your lanyard
Connect to both points with your lanyard