12. Soft Catches

Soft catches, also know as dynamic belays, are considered advanced techniques to reduce the impact of a climber when they fall a distance. This is done by letting out a very short amount of rope as the belayer engages the belay device, thus in theory reducing the amount of impact the climber experiences. Some lead belayers might even have a bit of spring in their step at the time of the fall, to lighten or lessen the potential impact on the wall experienced by the falling lead climber.

While soft catches are a preferred method for lessening the impact of a lead fall, this can be a costly mistake if done incorrectly.

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