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belay

Mountaineering the attachment (of a climber) to a mountain by tying the rope off round a rock spike, piton, nut, etc., to safeguard the party in the event of a fall
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Once you have reached the highest point you lean back and as the belayer releases the rope bit by bit, you 'walk' down the side of the mountain," Rahim said.
One end of the rope is tied to the climber's harness; the other is held by or clipped to a belayer on the ground, who takes up its slack as the climber ascends.
But she says, "You just need to trust your belayer.
her belayer, Eugene Parks and Recreation staff member Nathaniel Mitchell, gently prodded while she was suspended about halfway to the ground.
Communication between the belayer and the climber is extremely important.