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belay

(bĕ-lāy′)
To protect with a rope. A rescuer can belay a stokes basket as it is being lowered to a safe position.
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For this reason, belayers - who manage the safety rope protecting a climber in case of a fall - stand to one side, not directly below the climbers.
For this reason belayers - who manage the safety rope protecting a climber in case of a fall - stand to one side, not directly below the climbers.
The belayer set up a strobe light because it was pitch dark so they could see where to climb,'' said Ratner.
When (not if) they fall, as climbers often do, their fall will be stopped by the bolt in the rock and the person feeding out the rope on the ground known as a belayer.
From plunging head first over strainers (obstacles such as downed trees through which water can pass but not paddlers) after capsizing to "live-bait" rescues (having a swimmer tethered to an on-shore belayer recover a paddler), the 198 pages offer graphic lessons.