/ What is loweroff in French?
I believe it's "redescendre".
I found this years ago which has a lengthy english to french translation for most climbing terms.
It's 'relais' with an adjective 'moulinette'.
In France 99.99% of single pitch routes are equipped for lowering off. The concept of belaying at the top and walking off is lost on the French and therefore it's almost unnecessary to specify that the belay is equipped as a lower-off (with a karabiner/ring/maillon) as it's practically a given that it will be. Climbers will therefore usually refer to a belay/lower-off simply as 'le relais'. If you like, the term 'moulinette' is climber jargon for climbing in this way - what Brits refer to as sport climbing just to differentiate it from trad climbing. Moulinette can also be used to describe top roping http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moulinette_(escalade) though more than likely they'll say 'top-rope' as it's cool to use English...
and if they still don't understand it after that, smash the place up, knowing that you tried!
If it is a verb it means "redescendre" (think in english it can be used as a verb or a noun isn't it?)
Climbing in "moulinette" or installing a "moulinette" is toproping or installing a top rope ;-)
I only climbed a few days in France but what I heard was people yell "OK ..plue Baa" (which I imagine is spelt plus base?) Then they got lowered to the ground.
it's surrender. or it might be capitulate. I'm sure jeremy Clarkson will know
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