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Topic - Lethal Rhymes while belaying

paul mitchell - on 27 Sep 2013
Often you hear people shout '' TAKE '' when they want the belayer to hold their weight on the belay plate.

Far too often the belayer thinks the word shouted was ''SAFE '' and proceeds to take the rope out of the belay plate to the dismay and possible consequent death of the partner.

This happened to me a few days ago.I had set up a top rope with sling on a tree and shouted '' TAKE '' so that the belayer could lower me down.

I had kept a hold of the rope and watched in horror as the belayer took me off belay.

Perhaps we should start using a new word for '' TAKE '',such as ''HOLD'' . It doesn't have the rhyming ''A '' sound that can be so lethal. '' BLOCK '' is another possibility,which was used for a while on Peak sport routes in the 80's.


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