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Topic - Climbing wall rules.. again

Tom F Harding on 21 Feb 2014

Had an interesting experience at climbing wall last night and wondered what UKC have to say about.

Is it O.K. to teach someone to belay while you are climbing yourself?

A couple came into an otherwise empty climbing wall. One of them was experienced, Lets say climber (A). The other, lets say climber (B), had obviously never climbed before, didn't know how to put a harness on or what a belay device was etc. On the way out I noticed this same inexperienced person (B) was belaying their partner (A) on a top rope.

The person climbing (A) had been teaching them how to belay as they were climbing themselves. The belaying by (B) was poor; hands to close to the device, jerky lowering etc. The person being lowered (A) was also being half lowered and half down climbing. Obviously worried about the quality of the belaying he was getting.

On the way out I mentioned it to a member of staff and was told that was fine as he had signed the 'supervisor form'.

I have a few thoughts on this but would be interested to hear some opinions.
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