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When climbing outside communication is between climbing partners is vitally important. To ensure no misunderstandings take place ‘climbing calls’ are commonly used. Although not all of them apply to indoor climbing, they are useful to know and it is a good habit to use them.
Safe - when the leader has reached the belay stance at the top of a route and is anchored to the cliff. This indicates to the belayer that it is now safe to take the leader off belay.
Off Belay - belayer to climber to inform the leader that they are no longer on belay.
That’s me - when leader has taken in all the rope and tension is now on the rope, ready for the belayer to start climbing.
On Belay - leader to second to let them know it is safe for them to start climbing. Commonly used in England, also - "Climb when ready".
Climbing - Climber informing the belayer they are starting to climb.
Climb On - acknowledgement that the person is about to start climbing
Take / Tension- Climber to belayer to ask them to take up any slack in the rope.
Slack / Rope - when the climber would like the belayer to pay out more rope.
Rope below/Rope/below/rock!- A loud cry to warn others of the rope being thrown down the cliff face, or of anything else falling down, such as a rock.
with Andy Kirkpatrick Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May
If you’re planning a big wall adventure or interested in the techniques and systems involved in aiding and big wall climbing, this may be the course for you.
Thursday 17th April 11am to 4pm - Family Easter Crafts Day
Join us for this free family craft day to explore our garden and turn your hands to some Easter creativity! 6pm to 8pm - An Evening of Foraging
From nettle beer to water mint ice cream, come and find out what is at your finger tips when it comes to eating in the outdoors with John Rensten.
Thurs 17th and Fri 18th April
The filming will take place in and around the centre's climbing areas, cafe, outdoor boulders and the garden. The primary use of the film and images will be for promotional use on the Castle Climbing website, associated social media and advertising campaigns.
If filming is going on in the vicinity of where you are and you do NOT consent to the use of your image being used for marketing purposes, please let the filmmakers know and they will not film you.
The Castle offers a commitment to only allow said pictures and film to be used appropriately and sensitively.