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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.

Technique 1: Lowering on a carabiner

  • Climber remains tied in during all maneuvers.
  • Climber is lowered on a locking carabiner.
  • Make sure that the carabiner is loaded on its major axis.
  • Working the route during descent is not recommended.
Lowering on a carabiner
Lowering on a carabiner
Lowering on a carabiner
Lowering on a carabiner
Lowering on a carabiner
Lowering on a carabiner

Technique 2: Lowering on the tie-in knot

  • A single strand is passed through the quick link (useful for narrow quick links).
  • Allows working the route during descent.
  • Climber tethered with manufactured dynamic rope lanyard
  • Climber not tied in during maneuver.
  • Climber must tie in again.
Lowering on the tie-in knot
Lowering on the tie-in knot
Lowering on the tie-in knot
Lowering on the tie-in knot
Lowering on the tie-in knot
Lowering on the tie-in knot
Lowering on the tie-in knot

With either technique, it is essential that the belayer continues to belay the climber throughout the maneuver, never letting go of the brake side of the rope.


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