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Basic Hip Belay Instructions

Learn the proper belay and safety technique for scrambling on steep terrain.
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— TRINIDADY Vacations

I don't see how the rope slides through your brake hand, when it is tied in a "bowline" knot around your waist. I think you are missing a crucial step here.
— Scott E

I agree, a little too much assumed between step one and two.
— Chuck

A few more wraps on that "bowline on a coil" would be much better. With it's extra wraps around the body, it uses a bit more rope, but should it take weight, it won't be quite so uncomfortable as a single strand cutting through you. Long before swami belts and modern climbing harnesses, the bowline on a coil was widely used for climbing.
— Rick


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