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He didn't even give me a free lecture on safe belaying.
Basic equipment: harness ($35 to $90), shoes ($80 to $150), chalk bag ($20), locking carabiner ($10 to $25), belaying device ($15 to $70), rope ($95 to $250) and helmet ($150 to $60).
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