Cleaning the top anchors

The Americans have decided that lowering is better than abseiling!!   Below is a great instructional video of how to safely clean the top anchors.

Learn the safest ways to clean and lower off a top rope anchor with techniques approved by the American Mountain Guides Association.


4 Responses to Cleaning the top anchors

  1. Chris Jun 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    “The beauty of this particular technique is that I’m on belay the entire time…” he says as he unclips the rope from the anchors and takes himself off belay. Lol

  2. Alan Jun 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    @Chris – Technically he is still on belay, although he is now “above his last piece of protection”. Even if his sling were to fail, he’ll take a big whipper but should still be caught by his belayer on the lower quickdraw.

  3. Chris Jun 4, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

    Alan, he said he top roped the route and I don’t see any quick draw below him. I think he’s off belay 🙂

  4. Jason Jun 5, 2018 at 9:49 am #

    He had left the last quick draw clipped. Best practice and a simple precaution that not many climbers follow.

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