Protect Yourself From Falling Objects

Signal will be echoed by all climbers in the area. If multipitch climbing, ensure climbers below hear.

"TAKE ROPE"

Take in excess rope between us without pulling me off the route.

Belayer takes in rope.

"SLACK"

Release all braking/tension on the rope so I can have slack without pulling the rope.

Belayer removes brake/tension.

"TENSION"

Take all the slack, apply brake, and hold me. My weight will be on the rope.

Belayer removes slack and applies brake.

Belayer applies brake to arrest the fall.

"TWEN-TY-FIVE"

You have approximately 25 feet of rope left. Start looking for the next belay position.

Climber selects a belay position.

"FIF-TEEN"

You have approximately 15 feet of rope left. Start looking for the next belay position.

Climber selects a belay position within the next few feet.

"FIVE"

Set up the belay.

You have 5 feet of rope left. Set up the belay position. You have no more rope.

Climber sets up the belay.

Removes the belay, remains anchored. Prepares to climb.

"OFF BELAY"

I have finished climbing and I am anchored. You may remove the belay.

Belayer removes the belay and, remaining anchored, prepares to climb.

Table 6-1. Rope commands.

Table 6-1. Rope commands.

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