belayer


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belayer

(bɪˈleɪə)
n
a person who controls the safety rope for a climbera person who turns a rope around a cleat, or belaying pin, to make it hold tight
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He called down to his belayer, but there was nothing the belayer could do but hope that the young Collins would not momentarily be if crumpled at his feet.
Training for the novice/beginner climber or belayer is provided.
A drowsy lifeguard, belayer, van driver, trip leader, or boat driver could neglect duties or experience slowed reaction time.
The belayer is the person on the ground who secures the climber, keeping a close eye on the climber's progress and letting out slack to the line by releasing the belay, a special device that locks the rope a little at a time as the climber slowly ascends.
even before looking 40 feet down to where my belayer (an experienced guide/climbing partner), Mike Demchack stood, securing my rope from below.