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Belayers behaving badly 29-Apr-2009 At 9:58:14 PM macey
Goin back to this point, I must say that I get annoyed at naieve climbers/belayers assuming an accident won't happen because its an "easy" pitch/climb. In my opinion, if you're going to belay, do it properly. The fact is, holds break and feet pop. If your mate trusts you with his/her life, then the least you can do is be a little uncomfortable for a few moments whilst providing them with a safe belay. If its a toss up between a belayers sore neck or a climbers BROKEN neck, then I know which one i'd prefer people choose. When i belay, my comfort is not important compared to the precarious position of the leader/second. Sure, I make sure I'm in a safe and reasonably comfortable position, but if keeping the climber safe means a sore neck, sunburn and/or wind chill for me, then stiff shit, thats my problem. Also, if you have an issue with your belayer, sort it out BEFORE you begin the lead!

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