Top Rope Belay
Before even touching real rock or even plastic, new climbers must learn to belay. Though it has none of the excitement of climbing itself, belaying is perhaps the most important aspect of the sport.
If a climber falls while climbing on top rope, their weight transfers from the rock to the rope. As the belayer, you provide a brake on the rope to prevent the climber from falling to the ground. A belay device helps you by applying friction to the rope. If you are not using the belay device properly, a fall could kill your partner!
The belay device: There are many, many different belay devices on the market.
They are all rated to the same safety and performance standards and get the same job done: stop the rope in case of a climber’s fall.
The three most common belay devices are: