Belaying a leader climber: vigilance, anticipation and mobility
The belayer's role is not limited to giving slack quickly and at the right time.
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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...).
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.
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.