An experienced young man with a group of novice girls. when he initially lead climbed, the unsupervised novice belayer was just paying out slack, too much to catch a fall. when lowering off it was clear they needed to take in many arms lengths before descending. The group of 4 continued to top rope directly from the lower off.
Provide better instruction and supervision to the novice before their first lead belay experience.
Sport rock climbing
Belaying failure or error
Rescue Services Involved?
10 May 2021 at 10:01:26
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