/ Whats going on in this photo?

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SCrossley on 24 Jul 2013
http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=111090

3 ropes? 2 for leader, yes, but if third is belay, why not 2 lengths, belayer clovehitch peg back to belayer, I`m probably missing something :-(
lowersharpnose - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to sjc:

Is the rope on the right part of the belay?
SCrossley on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to lowersharpnose:
Thats what I wondered but seems odd to see one rope length and if that was the case I would have thought a fig 8 or something would be visible
The Lemming - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to sjc:

Maybe its just a rope to pull up kit, like a drill for bolting the route?
adamki - on 24 Jul 2013
maybe the gear is a sky hook and the rope is so his second can hold it in place as he moves above
highclimber - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to sjc: It is two strands, probably for the belay. It's not uncommon for the belay to for part of the leader's protection. That's what it looks like to me. nothing strange here.
climber david - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to sjc: is the rope from the pro for the camera man?
Skyfall - on 24 Jul 2013
Whilst that does look like the "3rd rope" is part of the belay set up, that is a single pitch venue. It's on the walk in to Sergeants Crag Slab. It has a collection of v bold slab routes as I recall. So, unless the belay position is over a drop (and if it's on the right of the crag it might be...) it would be a little unusual to tie the belayer on....
jkarran - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to sjc:

Could be part of a belay. Could be a hook tied down or a hand placed peg held in place by rope tension.

jk
stonemaster - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to jkarran: Agree with you and adamki
Skyfall - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to jkarran:

> Could be part of a belay.

As above.
MaranaF - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to climber david:

I agree with David, I think its a belay for the camera man. You can see the thicker rope is leading out away from the rock and then someone was up close enough to take that picture.
The Lemming - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to DemolitionRed:
> (In reply to climber david)
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> I agree with David, I think its a belay for the camera man.

That would be one brave camera man.
SCrossley on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to jkarran: The route description does talk of clipping a peg, presumably in situ, I did wonder if the climber found it to be wobbly so has weighted it to lever it into position.
Michael Gordon - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to sjc:

It's just a high anchor in the belay which the leader has clipped as a runner.
DaveN - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to Michael Gordon:
> (In reply to sjc)
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> It's just a high anchor in the belay which the leader has clipped as a runner.

This.
It's not exactly an uncommon thing to do is it? Prevents a potential fall factor of two if you fall from above to below the belay.
Michael Gordon - on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to DaveN:

Correct, assuming the gear holds. Better to have a bit of not great gear than no gear IMO.
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petegunn on 24 Jul 2013
In reply to sjc: I think there is two ropes, its just tight so one is hidden by the other. I have a similar photo of me on Slab Happy somewhere. The belayer clips to the peg as its a narrow ledge above a drop.

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