Belay Devices

Word Stories: Belay

Belay Devices

Belay devices. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Without this word, climbing would pretty much all be free-soloing. Since most of us are not Alex Honnold or Steph Davis, we’re going to dive into its history to give this word all the respect it deserves. (Full disclosure: I’m biased because belayers are my absolute favorite.) Continue reading

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