We understand that not everyone who comes to White Spider knows what belaying is… so here is a little guide to some of our commonly used terms.
Again, it's important to recognise the following statement issued by the BMC when considering getting involved with climbing.
"The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement."
1. Top Rope Climbing
Involves climbing while tied into a rope fixed to the top of the wall.
2. Lead Climbing
When leading, climbers clip the rope into fixed points in the wall as they climb up. This is more technical, requiring a bit more skill and experience than Top Roping.
Is lower level climbing (maximum 5 metres) with no ropes or harnesses. While there is thick matting in the bouldering areas, falls are not as protected as roped climbing and greater caution is required.
Belaying someone essentially means managing their rope while they climb. This includes everything from taking rope in as they ascend, slowly lowering them back down to the ground again, or providing more rope or 'slack' while lead climbing. As the rope helps protect any falls, this is a vital part of climbing requiring experience and attention.
Anyone climbing here with us without instructor supervision will be tested on their belaying before being signed off.
This piece of kit is used as part of belaying, and is a crucial piece of climbing equipment. It is essentially a strong clip.
6. Belay device
This equipment enables the rope to be secured (locked off) or loosened (when giving slack or lowering off) as necessary while the climber is on the wall. These come in a number of different forms – we don't mind which you use as long as YOU know how to use it and it's in good working order!