11. Lead Belay Stances

In our Lead Belaying video, we mentioned that an ideal belay stance positions the belayer as close to underneath the first draw as possible, without the potential of the climber hitting them if they were to fall.

The two main safety reasons for this include:

1. Safety for the belayer, so they are not pulled into the wall when a climber falls.

2. Safety for the climber, so their foot or body is not snagged with the belay rope.

Another consideration for lead belay stance is deciding whether to use a grounded anchor. Anchors are typically used if the climber is heavier than the belayer. For more on this subject see our video on “How to Top Rope Belay”.

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!


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