Beach chair for Belay

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CapeTiger
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Beach chair for Belay

Postby CapeTiger » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:11 am

I never try to sit on a beach chair while I belay the climber unless I get some informations / safety / rules.
I'm wondering if it is a safe or bad idea to use a beach chair for belay to prevent a neck pain.
When I saw website, yply ( http://www.y-ply.com/site/yply.php?switchlang=en ), I thought that could it use for belayer?

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Re: Beach chair for Belay

Postby Justin » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:28 am

Pretty cool.
I would say no problem, so long as you only start using it once your climber is at least 2 bolts up. The disadvantage being that you are not able to run backwards (in order to take in slack quickly).
Dodging anything that gets dropped could be a problem - although not really a problem at popular sport crags.

Reminds me of when Dave Pothier left a chair up at the mine (with rules written on the back). The chair was great to use (whilst Dave was not there - Rule #1 of Daves chair :)
The chair also made it up to the top chains of Swan Lake :drunken:
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Re: Beach chair for Belay

Postby proze » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:30 am

Buy some belay specs and belay safely. Belaying sitting or lying down is not safe. :thumleft:

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Re: Beach chair for Belay

Postby Justin » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:16 am

proze wrote:Buy some belay specs and belay safely. Belaying sitting or lying down is not safe. :thumleft:

Agreed.

But I will add a further 20 cents - The belay specs are good, but I find that they don't give a good depth of vision e.g. it can be hard to tell how far above the 'ankle breaking' ledge they really are?

Lying down whilst belaying can be safe under the right circumstances. If the belayer has (or is trying to avoid) a sore neck then at least the belayer has eyes on the climber at all times - whereas with standing the belayer will look down from time to time to release tension on the neck.
I find a Grigri is best for belaying whilst lying down.
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