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Who is responsible for bad belaying? 17-Nov-2007 At 10:21:15 PM AlanD
Although a different situation, my original training / introduction to belaying was for caving but occurred outside on a cliff face. The set up was a top belay around the body with no mechanical device, with a 60kg weight being hauled up from below and out of out of sight. The haulers would then without warning drop the haul rope and you were expected to catch and hold the falling weight.

No visual or audible is something you be prepared for when belaying in any situation. The feel of what's happening with the rope is critical in any belaying situation, caving top roping or leading. Good communication obviously makes things easier as does being able to see what the climber is doing, but you should alway be set for the climber to fall.

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