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Offline YoYo

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what goes through your mind?
« on: October 30, 2003, 09:43:29 AM »
When you are belaying somone, what do you thiunk about?

Offline scottie_c

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Re: what goes through your mind?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2003, 02:45:39 PM »
Belaying a lead climber is different than belaying someone on TR.  

Lead climber - Not much besides giving a good belay.  Watching their movements, adjusting the rope paid out, looking for a clip => pay out rope WHEN the time is right, communicate if they look like they are getting off route, encourage them if they styled the crux.  Usually nothing other than the leaders movements and actions.

Top Rope - Usually belay here is much more casual.  Concentrate of keeping slack out of the rope. A gri-gri alleviates much of the required attentiveness of proper belay technique (hands free for example).  Can be joking with friends, watching others climb, etc.

In general, while on belay, I know that the climbers health/life is in my hands, I never forget that.

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Re: what goes through your mind?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2003, 02:46:21 PM »
You're assuming that climbers have:

1) a capacity for conscious thought,

2) an ability to do more than one thing at a time, and

3) something interesting in their lives to think about.

Alas, none of these are true.
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Offline YoYo

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Re: what goes through your mind?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2003, 08:35:17 AM »
That's boring...
I think about all kinds of things, Sex, warm socks, food, how i should have packed a jacket or getting some sunscreen on the back of my neck before i start up again.
I gues I can chew gum and walk at the same time... Me Lucky ! Doesn't mean I am going to drop the dude on the sharp end.

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Re: what goes through your mind?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2003, 05:21:26 PM »
Well, now we know the right answer.  ;)