Setting up an ATC for Belaying:
Climber: "On belay?" (Are you ready to belay me?) Belayer: "Belay on." (Slack is gone and I'm ready.) Climber: "Climbing." (I'm going to climb now.) Belayer: "Climb on." (I'm ready for you to climb.) Climber: "Slack!" (Pay out a little rope.) Belayer: (Pay out rope and pause to see if climber asks again.) Climber: "Up rope." (Pull in rope slack.) Belayer: (Pull in slack and pause to see if climber asks again.) Climber: "Tension." (I want to rest by hanging on the rope now. Some use "take" instead.) Belayer: (Remove all slack and hold tight.) "Gotcha." Climber: "Ready to lower." (I'm done climbing.) Belayer: (Reposition both hands to brake.) "Lowering." Climber: "Off belay." (I'm standing securely on the ground.) Belayer: "Belay off." (I've stopped belaying you.) Other Important Commands: If you hear these shouted by a climber, with or without a name, ready yourself.
How to Belay | rei.com
How to belay: Top Rope Basics
Good Technique On Top Roping And Belaying | BayAreaClimbers.com
OA Guide to Belaying at the Climbing Wall (Princeton Outdoor Action)
Mountaineering and Mountain Survival - Belay Techniques
Return to climbing