Definition of running belay in US English:

running belay


  • A device attached to a rock face through which a climbing rope runs freely, acting as a pulley if the climber falls.

    • ‘We put in a beautiful camp here in the basin and did a back carry this afternoon and went through some of our technical skills, fixed line skills and running belay skills, practice for the upper mountain.’
    • ‘Set a running belay with a black diamond turbo ice screw, then clip in and proceed with confidence.’