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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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"The use of this hormone was discontinued as soon as the first cases were discovered," explains Belay. "Today, all human growth hormone is produced by genetic engineering, so it carries no disease."
You also need a belay device and some rope, just like you would if you were outside."
At a minimum, all climbing staff members should be able to belay, establish anchor systems, execute a belay escape, rappel, and ascend a fixed rope.
The "belayer" secures the rope through a metal disc (attached to his harness) called a "belay plate" and only issues a small amount of rope to the leader at a time, thus minimizing the distance the leader would fall if she slipped.
It provides many riveting twists and turns that belay predictability and lend the novel an engrossing feel, making it highly recommended for young adults looking for something refreshingly different.
"Today's vote is a disturbing attempt to deny justice to the hundreds of thousands of people who were driven from their homes or killed in the post election violence in 2007-8", said Netsanet Belay, Africa Director at Amnesty International.
Rock climbing commands and status reports passed between the two easily - "Ready to climb," "On belay," "Climbing," "Climb on." Communication between the belayer and the climber is extremely important.
I started screaming Dave's name not expecting a reply - to expect a deadweight on my belay. He didn't reply.
Techniques and tools discussed include natural anchors, passive chocks, mechanical chocks, fixed gear, knots, belay anchors, top-rope anchors, and rappel anchors.
Belay, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop A39, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA; fax: 404-639-3838; email: ebelay@cdc.gov
You shout to the belay man to let him take the strain and then you just let go with your arms and hang on to the rope.