As part of our series looking at climbing safety, we are delighted to host an illuminating online event with climbing trainer and mountain instructor Al Halewood. This will include a Q&A.
THU 25 MARCH 2021, 7.30PM
for 1hr approx
FREE BUT MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
You will be sent a link to attend. You will not be on camera, but there is a chat functionality to submit questions during the event.
You can submit questions in advance to Helen (with Belaying in the subject line) or via the chat function on the night.
SECRETS OF SAFER BELAYING
When you think of roped climbing, you tend to picture the lead climber majestically disappearing up an epic wall, but that’s only possible due to the attention and skills of their belayer. This less glamorous side of climbing is often overlooked. If you are holding the dead-end down, everything is fine, right?
Belaying is so much more than the sequence of moves you may have learned during an induction at the wall or from your friend. We take a look at different devices and their relative strengths. Do you ever vary the device or your style of belaying depending on the weight ratio of you and your climbing partner or the type of rope you are using? Did you know that there are numbers on your device that help you to understand their effectiveness in different circumstances?
Accidents can still happen with assisted belaying devices. We look at when this might happen, cover the fundamentals of hand position, give you advice on how to unlearn bad habits and examine the many anomalies which may lead to people belaying differently. Understanding your experience and how that may affect your climber is key to keeping you both safe.
Join us for an evening of enlighting chat, practical tips and Q&A.
This event will be hosted by Sam Mitchell – TCA’s Chief Instructor.
ABOUT AL HALEWOOD
Al Halewood is a Fort William based Mountaineering Instructor. He was a manager of the Glasgow Climbing Centre many moons ago and was the first Manager at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven. Now he teaches climbing and mountaineering year round, indoors and outside, and also works on the full range of Mountain Training climbing qualifications including the coaching awards. He has a long involvement with the Association of British Climbing walls and is a technical expert and coach for NICAS. This experience puts him in a good position to provide technical advice to climbing centre operators and Climb Scotland. For fun, he likes to climb new routes in Scotland and unclimbed peaks as far apart as Greenland and Afghanistan, Antarctica and Namibia. At home, he likes to introduce his 2 children to the outdoors or geek out learning about how people learn.
Better Belaying courses
When our centres reopen there are a number of ways that you could brush up on your belaying knowledge and practice the practical tips we share in this talk. Visit The Church or The Prop Store pages for info on local courses or make an enquiry about personal coaching in Bristol or Glasgow. Even just 1hr with a professional coach could improve your skills and confidence.
Our friends at Climb Scotland are planning to roll out Better Belaying courses when centres reopen. We will share information about this when available.
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