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Climbing Calls

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Description

The correct terminology for climbing and basic climbing knots that scouts will need to know.

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Instructions

Just run through this verbally. Could also print it out and cut it up to get the kids to match them, or play charades with them.


TAKING IN
A call from the leader that he is pulling up, hand over hand, with all of the slack rope between him and his second

THAT'S ME
A call from the second to indicate that all of the slack rope between him and the leader has been pulled up

CLIMB WHEN YOU ARE READY
Call from leader that comes only after he has put on his belay device, checked all knots, gates shut and done up, tight on belay, in line with belay, and is able to brake correctly

CLIMBING
Call from the second, before starting to climb, after this call, the second does not climb until the leader calls out “ok” or “climb on”

OK or CLIMB ON
Call from the leader to affirm he heard that the second is about to climb

TAKE IN
If the rope has not been taken in for some time, or slack rope has been introduced due to unclipping a runner, etc.

SLACK
Indicates that slack rope is needed, maybe to reverse a move or unclip a runner

TIGHT
This is called by the second, either when making an awkward move or when expecting to fall off

SAFE
A call from the leader to indicate that there is no possibility of him coming to harm. The leader will normally say 'safe' at the top of a route to the belayer out of courtesy.

YOU'RE OFF or OFF BELAY
Call from the second in response to the “safe” call from the leader

RUNNER ON
Call from the leader, to indicate that the first runner has been placed and the second must now be ready to hold a fall from a different direction

BELOW
This is a call from anyone who has accidentally dislodge a stone (e.g. from a crag or a route). This call must be shouted in full volume. Once this call is given, those below should not look up to avoid receiving an injury.

ROPE BELOW
This is a courtesy call when lowering or throwing out a rope, or when abseiling, top roping etc.


KNOTS
The scouts will also need to know how to tie a figure of eight knot and add a stopper knot to it. - when teaching my scouts to do this I start by explaining why we use the figure of eaight knot and what the stopper knots purpose is. (climbing instructor will or should teach the scouts any way but it is usefull if they already know how to tie the knots)

for guidance if not sure view this site

http://www.chockstone.org/TechTips/F8Knots.htm

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