Category: Belaying

Belaying is a climbing technique where a person, known as the belayer, manages the rope for a climber to ensure safety during ascent or descent. The belayer uses a belay device to control rope tension, supporting the climber by preventing falls and managing movement. Belaying is crucial not only in traditional climbing activities like rock climbing but also in related pursuits such as rappelling and canyoneering, where the proper use of ropes and belay systems is essential for a safe and controlled experience.

  • GriGri vs. ATC: Which Device to Use and When?

    GriGri vs. ATC: Which Device to Use and When?

    Having a great belay device is an essential aspect when climbing. A good belay (rappel) device is like having a good car. Both, GriGri and ATC belay devices are designed to allow a person to climb a rope from one spot to another, and they are also designed to allow the person to rappel down…

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  • We’ve Picked 10 of the Best Belay and Rappelling Carabiners

    We’ve Picked 10 of the Best Belay and Rappelling Carabiners

    While each climber strives to reach the summit of a pitch, coming back down is just as vital. When you first begin climbing, you usually lower on belay. However, if you want to be a well-rounded hiker, you’ll need to learn how to rappel. Rappellers and climbers must have rappelling carabiners in their gear for…

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  • How to Belay: Basic and Advanced Tips

    How to Belay: Basic and Advanced Tips

    Belaying in rock climbing is whereby the climber generates friction on the rope to keep him from falling. While rock climbers push themselves upwards with their legs and arms, an inadequate hand-grip or uneven overhang could result in the climber slipping, after which the rope holds them and prevents them from getting injured.  Here, the…

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  • Can You Rappel with a Belay Device

    Can You Rappel with a Belay Device

    Can you rappel with a belay device? This is a question people who are interested in rock climbing activities often ask. And a quick answer to this question is yes. You can rappel with different types of belay devices. People often use names rappel devices and belay devices interchangeably as in most cases, devices used…

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  • How Is Belay Device Made? We’re Explaining Belay Devices

    How Is Belay Device Made? We’re Explaining Belay Devices

    If you are merely researching rappelling to practice later, you still have to learn a lot. It is true even if you have started this adventurous journey recently. There is not too much equipment required for practicing rappelling. Still, every single gear is of crucial importance.  Safety-based devices like anchors and belay devices are specifically…

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  • What Are the Best Belay Devices This Year?

    What Are the Best Belay Devices This Year?

    Belay devices are an essential piece of equipment for any rock-climbing enthusiast. They provide a crucial safety net for the climber and allow for efficient communication between the climber and their belayer. With so many options on the market, choosing the best one for your needs can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve compiled a list…

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  • How to Rappel with ATC? 3-Stage Process Explained

    How to Rappel with ATC? 3-Stage Process Explained

    There are a large variety of belay devices on the market. It is mindboggling to compile a list of all rappel gears in one place. This article will look into how to rappel with ATC devices. We will also feature some of the best Air Traffic Controller (ATC) belay devices from Black Diamond. Black Diamonds…

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  • A Guide to How to Use a Figure 8 Rappel Device

    A Guide to How to Use a Figure 8 Rappel Device

    Figure 8 descenders usually won’t come with instructions. We will be discussing how to use a figure 8 rappel device in this article.

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