PARTNER CHECK - Petzl Canada


A moment of inattention, an instant of fatigue, excessive confidence: moments of absence in which one can quickly forget to make a knot in the end of the rope, lock a carabiner, finish the tie-in knot... oversights that often pass without notice until the day an accident happens... To help avoid this, one can adopt a simple habit, the PARTNER CHECK: a mutual checking between climber and belayer before starting each pitch.


  • 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.

Before starting each pitch, the climber and the belayer must each check 4 key areas to ensure climber safety:

Before starting each pitch, the climber and the belayer must each check 4 key areas.
Belay system setup

Belay system setup:

  • rope installed in the proper direction (belay device function check)
  • carabiner connected to the correct place on the harness
  • carabiner is locked


  • harness waistbelt above the hips
  • harness adjusted to fit snugly
Tie-in knot.

Tie-in knot:

  • tied-in to the right place on the harness
  • the correct knot
  • knot finished and tightened
Knot tied at the end of rope.


  • knot tied at the end of rope.

Remember that before using your equipment, you must have read and understood the supplied Instructions for Use.