8. Danger Zones

Below are the “danger zones” a lead climber should consider when climbing:

1. The first three quickdraw clips are often the most dangerous section of the climb because of ground fall potential.

2. Identify crux moves as early as possible, so you are clipping from a better position or safer stance.

3. Know when to clip above your head to minimize risk by reducing fall potential. For example, clipping above your head before a crux move.

Below is the main “danger zone” consideration for the belayer:

1. The belayer should always stand close to the wall so that, should the leader fall, the belayer is pulled up (and not into) the wall surface. While belaying close to the wall, also try to stand near the first quickdraw, to eliminate awkward angles of pull. The rope should flow up to the leader at a natural (minimal) angle, versus a severe angle away from the first quickdraw to the belayer.

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Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.