How To Belay Yourself
If you ever want to climb alone, than you need to learn how to belay yourself. It is important to note that belaying yourself may be dangerous and some rock climbing facilities will not allow it. The following steps will help you learn to belay yourself.
To belay yourself, you will need:
- Reliable top and bottom anchors
- A top rope (at least 10 mm)
- A harness equipped with belay loop
- 60 cm sling with carabiner
- 3 carabiners that lock
- A self jamming pulley
- A belay device
- A backpack or coil of rope for a weight
- First, locate the belay loop on your harness and attach the sling. Attach a locking carabiner to the sling.
Next, attach the self jamming pulley to the sling and the descender right below the pulley.
Tie a figure 8 knot in your top rope and attach it to another anchor with a carabiner.
Attach the pulley to the bottom of the top rope.
Check to make sure the rope is properly attached to the pulley by checking to see that it allows you to move upward, but not downward.
Push the slider on the pulley so that it attaches to the rope.
Locate the carabiner hole on the pulley and insert a carabiner.
- Next, attach your backpack or leave a large coil or rope on the free end. This will help you belay yourself by providing balance for the rope.
- Test your belay system to make sure that it is working. You can do this by allowing it to support your weight and making sure it locks.