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Fireman’s Belay

“Fireman’s” belay. While rappelling you should always be backed up in case you are not able to hold your (break) rope anymore. There is a variety of friction hitches that do the job perfectly. However, in case you have your partner already down at the ground/anchor station – you can have him/her hold both (brake) ropes as a back up. As a fireman’s belayer you just have to pull the ropes tight to bring an unwanted descent to stop. I hope you won’t find yourself in that situation ever but be aware of the importance of having a backup.

"Fireman's" belay. While rappelling you should always be backed up in case you are not able to hold your (break) rope anymore. There is a variety of friction hitches that do the job perfectly. However, in case you have your partner already down at the ground/anchor station - you can have him/her hold both (brake) ropes as a back up. As a fireman's belayer you just have to pull the ropes tight to bring an unwanted descent to stop. I hope you won't find yourself in that situation ever but be aware of the importance of having a backup. Cheers and happy Tuesday everybody!#rockclimbing #climbing #sandiego #sandiegorockclimbing #rockclimbingsandiego #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #chillinorockclimbing #california #rocklove #rappel #redrock #travel #freedom #happy #fitness #klettern #klättring #grimper #escalada #escalade #forever #kalifornien #urlaub #fun @grottoclimbing @keyofbri ️