For the next few posts I am going to geek out on sport climbing. If you’re not a climber (or a sport climber), these are not for you. All of this information is in the context of sport climbing on trustworthy protection – not trad climbing!
How to be an awesome belayer
There are two reasons to be a good belayer – first, it takes one to know one. Second – you’ll understand how safe (or unsafe) it can be for you when you are climbing, because you will learn what to expect when climbing.
A good belayer always has the right amount of rope out and when the climber falls. As a general rule, the “right amount of rope” means having a small droop of slack between you and the first bolt on the climb. Additionally, you want to be standing within one large step of the spot on the ground that is directly beneath the first bolt. Do not walk way off to the side. One large step. No farther. [Read more…] about How to be an awesome belayer