If you don't know anything else before you go rock climbing or
ladder climbing you should learn this.
- The belayer throws the rope down to you
- Belayer: Rope Below!
Climber: OK (when it reaches you).
- You attach the rope to your harness [ref. knots]
- Climber: Take in!
- The belayer takes in the rope
- Climber: That's me! (when the rope goes tight)
- The belayer then sets up the belay (don't start climbing yet!)
- Belayer: Climb when ready!
Belayer: OK (only now is it safe to climb).
Whilst climbing there are four calls you might make:
- Slack - give me more slack, the rope is too tight.
- Take in - the rope is slack and I'm scared, take in the loose rope.
- Resting - the belayer will hold you on the rope while you rest.
- Climbing - after resting, the belayer will start taking rope in again.
Note: Never shout
"Take in the slack" when you want a tight rope, because the belayer
hears "Take in" followed by "Slack", with the result that you get
a slack rope not a tight one!
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