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Topic - Using an ATC to belay a top rope

MikeTS - on 07 Jul 2013
I thought I knew how to use an ATC. But at the crag I was ticked off for raising my brake hand up above the ATC to take in the slack when top roping.
Now I've looked around and Black Diamond don't seem to cover top roping belays in the paper guide that comes with the ATC. Most videos I've seen show you lowering the non-brake hand and at the same time raising your brake hand to pull in the slack, then raising the non-brake hand to hold both the brake and non-brake sides of the rope together above the brake hand, and then sliding the brake hand down the brake side of the rope and finally dropping it below the ATC at your hip into the most secure position. The criticism made to me was that while the brake hand is above the ATC you don't have a secure hold.
But how else can you do it with an ATC? Is there a UKC guide to this?
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