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Topic - Top rope belaying

Norton - on 30 Mar 2013
I'm a pretty inexperienced climber but I have been top roping about once a month for a couple of years now. Today when belaying a mate I noticed the couple next to me had the rope twisted and I pointed it out to them. I was told by them and the guy beside me that it was deliberate as the belayer was so much lighter than the climber. I've always understood that using the rope to put friction on itself is a bad thing as it wears the rope out. I do hold a high ropes instructor qualification and it's something they stress when training you.

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?
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