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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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In doing this, the belayer is minimizing the distance the climber will fall should they lose their grip.
her belayer, Eugene Parks and Recreation staff member Nathaniel Mitchell, gently prodded while she was suspended about halfway to the ground.
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.