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Rock Climbing Photo: Allison Bell on her first multi-pitch climb.
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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Oct 5, 2006
You go girl!! : )
By fat cow
From: St. Paul, MN
Sep 5, 2011
Are there three lockers attached to that belay loop?
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 23, 2013
Just two lockers. The water hose looks like a third.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Nov 7, 2014
I don't understand why she's not tied directly into the harness. Perhaps it may be because she's tied in to the middle of the rope (it appears that way). Still, there are several ways to tie into the center of a rope safely. And even lockers are okay, but they should be run through the harness properly, and not clipped into a belay loop. I know she's little and the forces are very low, and I'm not saying that what we see here is patently dangerous (it's not), but it is poor modeling. Yes, let's get kids out there early! But let's do it as wisely and safely as possible. I hope this is received as it is intended, as positive and motivating, and not merely critical.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Aug 13, 2015
Nice photo, George. Way to go, Allison. And the debate goes on regarding tieing in directly, using two locking carabiners, through the belay loop....
By EthanC
May 4, 2016
Oh, I like this debate!

Really, Peter? I know there's a debate, but what exactly is the safety case? How is clipping through the belay loop any different from the harness points? When you belay a climber, do you clip into your harness points? Do you use two locking biners? If you do, do you know that no one else does?

I hope this is received as it is intended, as merely critical.
By Kyle Judson
From: Colorado
Jul 23, 2016
I too am curious as to the safety issue here. The belay loop is designed to be used specifically for carabiners. When tying in or using a personal anchor system, then the "hard points" of your harness should be used. This way of tying in short is very common and completely safe. Another option may be tying in to your hard points with a bowline on a bight.
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Allison Bell on her first multi-pitch climb.

Submitted By: George Bell on Oct 4, 2006
On this route:
Freeway (5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c )
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