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Ground Fall Last night Hardrock CBD 2-Mar-2014 At 1:57:35 PM Drake
>>>That is weird....I betcha that the smashed up dude at nunawadding wishes he had a hard catch.

I don't understand your point Stu- as anchoring the belayer (or not) had nothing to do with the groundfall discussed here. Sure, a hard catch would be preferable to decking, but so what? My point is that the ability to give a soft catch is an extremely important part of lead belaying, and giving a soft catch is impeded by anchoring the belayer. There is no good reason to anchor the belayer unless there is truly huge weight disparity between leader and belayer (and then you should re-think the whole arrangement), or if the belayer is in a precarious position (e.g., small ledge, all multipitching).

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