/ Top rope belaying
Is this normal practice for top roping or is it something people do at climbing centres because they aren't paying to replace the ropes?
Pretty standard practise indoors if you're belaying someone considerably heavier than yourself...was even taught to do it when I first started climbing by the instructors.
It does wear ropes so centres don't like it, but it does work.
I'll do that with my rope, I'll also use munter hitches, ascenders, fix it for solo TR, and once in a while haul.
I'd not worry about it. Ropes are cheap compared to surgery (supposing your featherweight belayer lost control). As a beginner doing a lot of TR, I went with a tougher rope (mammut 10.5mm) and it's going well.
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