used to create a belay
Ok, I know, you're saying "what a smartass
" right now, but to get any more specific you get into particular types of belay devices.
It can be as simple as the rope being passed around your hips, and a breaking action is obtained by pulling it across your waist. Or, as complex as a mechanical device like a GriGri
that has a cam
that automatically locks down on the rope when force is applied swiftly. Or, in an indoor climbing gym
, there are even such things as automatic belays
, usually run by hydraulics, that automatically take up rope and lower you down, without the need for a belay person
The most common belay device
in use today is the tube belay
, such as the black diamond ATC
PLEASE NOTE: This node is not a replacement for training in any climbing technique or device. It's not a replacement for the advice of the manufacturer of said device, who knows best its limitations. It's not even all the information a person would need in evaluating a decision to purchase or use one device or another. This node exists solely for the purpose of providing a bit of information to a non-climber as to what those little bits are hanging all over that crazy bastard who's dangling like a worm on a hook on some cliff wall.