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Using this method of belaying is not overly reliable and can cause a lot of harm to both the climber and the belayer.
Turns out the owner (same guy who fancied Napoleon) picked up a collection of clipper ship models while in Cape Cod and opted for the old salt decor here: ship's clock, Honduran mahogany bar, crow's nest on a load-bearing pillar, belaying pins, lots of brass.
The next 20 minutes are devoted to belaying, in which the climber's partner uses a belay device to control the rope's slack, ensuring that the climber
Equally important is not standing around the base of the cliff if you are not belaying.
Sometimes, the team is large, and many different "belays" are ongoing -- one may be belaying and belayed by multiple other team members.
How it's used: The ship's sheaves, wooden blocks, belaying pins, and dead-eyes, all components of the rigging, are made of lignumvitae.