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When climbing outside communication is between climbing partners is vitally important. To ensure no misunderstandings take place ‘climbing calls’ are commonly used. Although not all of them apply to indoor climbing, they are useful to know and it is a good habit to use them.
Safe - when the leader has reached the belay stance at the top of a route and is anchored to the cliff. This indicates to the belayer that it is now safe to take the leader off belay.
Off Belay - belayer to climber to inform the leader that they are no longer on belay.
That’s me - when leader has taken in all the rope and tension is now on the rope, ready for the belayer to start climbing.
On Belay - leader to second to let them know it is safe for them to start climbing. Commonly used in England, also - "Climb when ready".
Climbing - Climber informing the belayer they are starting to climb.
Climb On - acknowledgement that the person is about to start climbing
Take / Tension- Climber to belayer to ask them to take up any slack in the rope.
Slack / Rope - when the climber would like the belayer to pay out more rope.
Rope below/Rope/below/rock!- A loud cry to warn others of the rope being thrown down the cliff face, or of anything else falling down, such as a rock.
A three event climbing and bouldering competition series. While the events have a fun, festival atmosphere to them and are suitable for beginners, they are also essential for selection onto the British Team.
Saturday 29th March - BMC YCS - London & SE: Round 3
The BMC Youth Climbing Series offers fun climbing competitions for young people from 7 to 17. Extremely popular, these comps are suitable for you, whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience.
New Year Deals on Courses & Gear!
Discounts for Bouldering Only members & those new to the sport on Introductory Climbing Courses - from 6th January to 28th February 2014.
Duty Managers Wanted
The Castle is looking for enthusiastic, flexible people to join our Duty Managing team. Duty Managers have responsibility for the operation of the centre during opening hours and act as the designated First Aider when the centre is open. They provide a reference point for all the day’s activities for both staff and customers; they ensure that safety procedures are followed and they provide a friendly, efficient service for our customers while supporting the staff in the centre working in their specialist roles.