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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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One end of the rope is attached to the harness of the climber while the other end is locked in the harness worn by the belayer. The belayer is the person on the ground who secures the climber, keeping a close eye on the climber's progress and letting out slack to the line by releasing the belay, a special device that locks the rope a little at a time as the climber slowly ascends.
The fact that the individual is securely supported with a climbing harness and several "belayers" (persons who hold onto the climber's rope and harness) may not reduce initial feelings of stress, however.
One activity, tree-climbing - complete with ropes, harnesses and trained belayers - reigned as the most popular.