Belaying is one of the Climbing Techniques in Rock Climbing. It is securing the climber during his climb. There are techniques and belay devices needed to do this. Choosing the correct belay device and method is important so that both the belayer and the climber would not encounter difficulties.
Although there are many techniques to belay a person, we will focus on the most common one.
This is the most commonly used Belay Method. It contains four key parts:
This belay method is called semi-direct as the load of a fall is taken by the anchor and by the belayer via the belay device, belay loop and the climbing rope to the anchor. The attachment of the belayer is attached to the anchor ensures that the belayer can easily lock off and pay out the rope when under tension.