In our other Lead Belaying videos, we mentioned that an ideal belay stance helps position the belayer as close to underneath the first draw as possible (while trying to minimize potential of the lead climber crashing into the belayer, if the leader were to fall).
There are two main safety reasons:
1. Safety for the belayer, so they are not pulled into the wall when a climber falls.
2. Safety for the climber, so their foot or body is not snagged with the belay rope.
Another consideration for lead belay stance is deciding whether to use a ground anchor. Anchors are typically used if the climber is heavier than the belayer. For more on this subject see our video on “How to Top Rope Belay”.
We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!
Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.