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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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Climbing"--the climber is informing the belayer he or she will begin climbing.
One activity, tree-climbing - complete with ropes, harnesses and trained belayers - reigned as the most popular.
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.
A good belayer will communicate what hand to place where, and what the next foot move should be.
Once you've reached your goal the belayer lowers you back to the ground.
Aid climbing (see box) in these temperatures is painfully slow; it takes all day for the lead climber to ascend just 30 to 60 metres, by which time the supporting belayer is semi-hypothermic and normally unwilling to climb.
The excess rope between them is pulled up, the leader becomes the belayer, and the old belayer follows or "second" the climb.
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.
Willamalane offers climbing events such as the recent and annual ROCKtoberfest, in which adults got to experience rope climbing for free with experienced belayers and bouldering.
I was prepared to be the oldest student and possibly the only female, and was surprised to join a class of other 40 something women just like me, all reinventing ourselves as belayers and climbers.