Auto-Belay Rules and Guidelines

If you are an experienced roped climber and have not used an auto-belay before, you must ask a member of staff for a safety briefing before climbing.

If you are NOT an experienced roped climber, please ask about our 1 hour auto-belay inductions.

 

IF THE TAPE FAILS TO RETRACT AS YOU ARE CLIMBING YOU MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT CONTINUE TO CLIMB.  CALL FOR ASSISTANCE.

  • You must attach the karabiner to your harness belay loop.
  • Ensure the karabiner gate is locked closed and not facing into your stomach.
  • Ensure tape is not twisted before ascending.
  • Do not lead on auto-belay lines whilst tape is in place – this may cause damage to the tape and your rope! To climb the line, release the auto-belay tape and let it retract to the top.  Please bring down the tape and re-attach to the safety triangle once you have finished your climb.
  • NEVER out-climb the device. Do not make dynamic moves or large swings which may cause the tape to become slack.  Do not climb above the device.
  • After descending, DO NOT LET GO OF THE KARABINER but clip it back into the safety triangle.
  • Climb only directly under the auto-belay device – do not climb adjacent lines.
  • Junior or novice climbers must be supervised when using this device.
  • weight 10kg (22lbs) – Max. weight 150kg (330lbs).
  • Device will lower immediately – ensure your landing zone is clear! Descend feet first to fend off obstacles and prepare for landing.
  • There is a danger of helmet hang-up so you MUST NOT wear a helmet when using the auto-belay.