Top-roping is also a rock climbing term. It means that a route is set up with a secured rope instead of having a lead climber pull the rope up with him/her. The person belaying would be doing it from the ground and not at the top of the cliff.

I used to go top-roping as a teenager with my family. It only works if you can get to the top of the rock face without climbing. It feels safer than having a lead climber, but it all depends on how well the rope is set up. Make sure that the person knows his or her knots.

Top"-rope` (?), n. Naut.

A rope used for hoisting and lowering a topmast, and for other purposes.

 

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