Introduction: How to Belay With an ATC Belay Device

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Pull, Brake, Under, Slide!

Belaying is fun, but dangerous. This Instructable is for reference purposes only, and is not meant to replace in- person training from a rock climbing professional.

Step 1: Watch the Video

It will tell you everything that you need to know.

Step 2: Supplies

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You will need

1 climbing harness,

1 locking carabiner,

1 ATC belay device

Step 3: Prep

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Clip the ATC into the carabiner, then clip the carabiner into the belay loop of your harness.

Step 4: Prep (number Two)

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Take a loop of rope, (a bight of rope) and stuff it through the right hand slot of the ATC. Then, clip the rope through the carabiner, and lock it.

Step 5: Basics of Belaying

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Never take your right hand off the loose end of the rope.( you will not pass the belay test if you do) We are going to be doing the P-BUS technique P-BUS stands for Pull! Brake! Under! Slide!

Step 6: Pull!

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Start out with your left hand on the climbers end of the rope, and your right hand on the loose end of the rope. Then, pull up with your right hand to get out some of the slack from the rope.

Step 7: Brake!

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Once you have pulled, pull the rope down with your right hand to create a loop of rope below the ATC.

Step 8: Under!

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Once you have pulled and braked, put your left hand under your right hand.

Step 9: Slide!

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Once you have pulled, braked, and put your hand under, slide your right hand up to get rid of the loop of rope.

Step 10: Repeat

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Repeat steps 6-9 until there is no more slack in the rope.


Niii Pawww (author)2016-08-28

Thanks to my friends at the stronghold climbing gym for inspiring me to make this instructable.

beecroft (author)2016-08-28

Awesome instructable! Thanks for making this. You seem very knowledgeable!

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