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Mar 20, 2008, 7:59 AM

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Re: [billl7] Escape The Belay Sessions: Backup Belay
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billl7 wrote:
jestering wrote:
When I learned we rigged up a "toprope" over the branch of a tree and weighted it with a couple of jugs of water. Not as massive as a human being, but with big containers it's certainly enough to keep it under load. It was very good practice, and it helped me to learn in a hurry.
Good point - then a backup belay is not needed although I think it is desirable to have them eventually get to the 'full load'.

Bill L

i'd have to agree about the weights thing. when i learned to escape a belay and other rescue techniques, we never bothered weighting the rope with a person, we just used a big weighted block. granted it wasn't the weight of a person, but it was enough that we couldn't just walk around all willy-nilly while conected to the weight. i would think that would suffice just fine for practice, and negate the need for backup belay.

edit (addition): we DID use people to weight the ropes for bringing up a second on z-pulley/3:1, but the safety concern wasn't as great with that rig

(This post was edited by chilli on Mar 20, 2008, 8:01 AM)

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