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How to Use Proper Top-Rope Belay Method for Indoor Climbing

Learn how to use the proper top-rope belay method for indoor rock climbing from climbing expert Cliff Simanski in this Howcast video.


Okay everyone. Right now I'm going to show you how to use the proper belay method for top roping indoors. It's a four step process that can be abbreviated as PBUS. Which stands for pull, brake, under and slide.

The first step being to pull which is when I'm pulling up with my right hand and down my left left hand. Moving slack through the belay device. The second step. To grab under my right hand. Third step, sliding my right hand back to the belay device.

Full method looking like this. So, I pull. I come down to my brake position. I grab under my right hand. I slide back to the belay device. I pull that slack through, back to the brake position. Grab under. Slide back to the belay device.

So, pull, brake, under, slide. Making sure that, as I'm belaying, I'm spending as much time as I can in the brake position. Which is, with my right hand below the belay device, not above it.

So this way, in case the climber were to take a fall all you need to do as the belayer is pull down. And that locks the belay device preventing rope from feeding in the opposite direction.

At this point, if guys were to start climbing again all I would need to do is resume my pull, brake, under, slide method to continue moving rope through the belay device.

And that's how to use the proper belay method for indoor top roping.

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