Winter skills 3.4: how to belay on winter climbs

Expert tips for winter climbing. How to belay:

  • Check the rock quality with visual and tap test
  • Cut/use a comfortable stance
  • Equalised slings can ease changeovers
  • Keep belay plate clipped in when threading/unthreading
  • Stash axes carefully to avoid the rope flicking them out
  • Agree action plan before leaving the belay
  • Clean cracks to seat gear on rock
  • Cams require particular attention to clean the rock
  • Visible rock placements are a gift - use them!

This is one of a series of instructional films produced exclusively for BMC TV in association with AMI (the Association of Mountaineering Instructors), Lowe Alpine and DMM.

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05 Oct 16

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