John Wilder wrote:
bingo. which is why the AMGA stopped teaching it years ago. we're talking about belay certs at climbing gyms for people who have little/no belaying experience, not people who have been climbing for a decade or more and caught hundreds/thousands of falls. edit: and the sliding moment is a weak point for the pinch and slide, because the moment when your hand is above the device is the moment of least friction available. this is not to say its impossible to make a catch- its not, but again, with a panicing noob who has had little experience, its a damn dangerous moment.