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Again, a belayer supports them from below, but if the climber slips they fall to their previous spot versus being immediately "caught" by a taut rope.
Belay (bi-LAY) - a secure rope Belayer (bi-LAY-er)--the person who holds the rope
One activity, tree-climbing - complete with ropes, harnesses and trained belayers - reigned as the most popular.
In TRC an anchor is placed at the top of the climb through which the rope runs between the belayer and climber to protect against a fall.
One end of the rope is secured to the climber and the other to a belayer at the bottom.