Take"--the climber is telling the belayer to take in any rope slack.
Watch me"--the climber is informing the belayer to pay attention during a difficult sequence of mores.
Rest"--the climber wants to rest and the belayer should take in the rope slack and weight.
Belay"--the climber is asking the belayer to hold the rope to prevent him or her from going the full length of the rope in the event of a fall.
Belay device--a friction device fitted to the rope and used by the belayer.
Karabiner--an aluminum alloy snap link with a spring gate used to connect the rope to the belayer.
Often, climbers get stuck and one of three things usually happens--1) the belayer signals what hand or foot hold to step on or grab, 2) the climber "cheats" by grabbing or stepping on a different colored hold, thus doing a rainbow climb (using various colored hand holds), 3) the climber loses his or her balance and falls.
Signals--A set of commands used between climber and belayer.
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.
I'm linked to my belayer
with an 11mm Mammut climbing rope that has been `dry' treated so it won't absorb moisture.
belay-plate: a metal plate through which the rope is threaded, that aids the belayer in stopping the rope from being fed out unintentionally, "catching" the climber if they should fall
slack: loose rope between the climber and the belayer
The rope then creates a triangle between the climber, anchor and belayer, who remains on the ground throughout the climbing of the route.
3--4--Color) Ropes drawn through bolts drilled in atop the ``Planet of the Apes'' Wall in Malibu Creek State Park connect climbers to belayers
The safety ropes are set up so the belayers
can handle climbers who are much heavier than they are.