Monday, February 1, 2016

Assisting a Follower from Above

In cooperation with Outdoor Research, the American Mountain Guides Association has made several videos for beginning level climbers.

In this video, AMGA Instructor Team Member Margaret Wheeler demonstrates two techniques that one might use to provide a follower with assistance from above.

Following are the notes from the end of the video.

Vector Pull

Pull the climber's rope perpendicular to the way the rope runs. Like pulling a bow string and shooting an arrow.

3 to 1

Increases pulling power by three times. But it also requires the belayer to pull three feet for every one foot the climber rises.

--Jason D. Martin

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