Belaying a leader climber: vigilance, anticipation and mobility - Petzl Canada
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Belaying a leader climber: vigilance, anticipation and mobility

The belayer's role is not limited to giving slack quickly and at the right time.

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.

By staying focused on the climber, the belayer can recognize the stressful moments that require the greatest precision and responsiveness (clipping, risky or difficult move, fatigue or agitation preceding a fall...).

By staying focused on the climber, the belayer can recognize the stressful moments.

Being mobile is a great way to follow the rapid movements of the climber.

Approach the wall when the climber is clipping, then return to your original position.

Being mobile is a great way to follow the rapid movements of the climber.
Being mobile is a great way to follow the rapid movements of the climber.

The distance between the belayer and the wall varies depending on the situation, but few situations require standing more than 2 meters from the wall.

Sometimes you have to take up slack.
Sometimes you have to take up slack.