In my haste to write a post about my fall the other day I failed to mention one of the crucial things every climber needs, a good belayer.
On this fateful, exhilarating and somewhat frightening day Jordan Taylor was on the belay. As I was flailing about in the roof of the Sloth, desperately trying to find my way up, Jordan kept a watchful eye.
As I fell he sprang into action, and moving backwards he managed to bring in some of the slack which no doubt stopped me from hitting a large ledge!
So thank you Jordan, good catch dude!
For me a good belayer has to:
- Be attentive
- Give you slack when you need it
- Be able to offer advice if needed
- Be able to shut up if needed
- Give you the encouragement to make hard moves
- Give the right amount of abuse if you are being soft
What makes your perfect belayer?