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How did the banshee belay get its name?

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Paul Hennelly · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 0

I've recently seen this term for the first time in an old discussion about redundancy vs equalisation.
Does anyone have a few moments to explain the origin of the name 'banshee belay'?

Sam X · · Bend, OR · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 30

Probably cause some dude once took an unholy massive screamer on that set up.

Tradgic Yogurt · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 55

I'd guess it's the sound Andy K must've made the first time he whipped with a belayer hanging from one.

Marty C · · Herndon, VA · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 70

Accordingly to Irish mythology, a Banshee is a female spirit who warns a family that one of them will soon die.

So, it seems appropriate - YGD

Roy Suggett · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 8,213

Also used in the movie Avatar, and here:

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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