When I posted my How To Not Die At 24 Hours Of Horseshoe Hell article, the number one question I received was:
Then what is the correct belay method, Jason?
So I made, probably, the most important climbing video of 2016. In it, I show you how to kill the Alligator Belay Technique.
The most important point of this series of articles and this video
is that there is a defined moment (I call it the Danger Moment) when you are lead belaying and if these 3 things happen right at the moment that your partner yells “TAKE” or “ON YOU” and you begin to pull slack.
- If your muscle memory reverts back to the dangerous alligator belay method;
- and your hands meet above your head;
- and your climber weighs the rope…
…then you have a gigantic potential for a ground fall. This is exactly what I witnessed and describe in the How Not To Die…article.
So, for those of you who are serious about improving your belay technique, I give you How To Kill The Alligator Belay Technique.
These 6 minutes just might save you and your climbing partners from injury or worse.
Learn a whole lot more about staying safe in the HCRBeta Injury Prevention Section.
Jason Clements is the founder of and writer for HCRBeta, Hike Climb Relax: How to… Jason has served as the President of the Kansas City Climbing Club where he grew the club from 100 members to 1000 members. Jason lives in Shawnee, Kansas and runs the cell phone recycling company, Cells for Cells, which recycles cell phones to raise money for families battling cancer.
SHOP at Dynamic Earth in Springfield, MO for all of your climbing needs.
Not around Springfield, MO? Use these Amazon links. (Yes, by using these Amazon links to purchase gear, you help to support HCRBeta.com. Thank you.