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Topic - When does someone get taken off belay?

jalien on 28 Sep 2013
After the discussion in the thread about lethal rhymes...

I'm struggling to think of a situation in which the leader needs to be completely disconnected from their belayer.

In both sport and trad, single and multipitch, if the leader wants to be lowered then the belayer can pay out enough slack for the leader to do his ropework, and if the belayer will second the route then they can be tied in before the leader sets off (hence still anchoring the end of the rope after the belay plate is removed).

The only scenario I can think of where the belayer would hear "safe" and remove themselves from the rope is if they didn't want to second the route, and the leader wanted to abseil instead of being lowered. This can't be a very common occurrence shurely?

Why then do people keep falling off routes due to belayer miscommunication?
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