LEARN TO LOWER A CLIMBER WHILE USING A BELAY DEVICE IN GUIDE MODE
More than a decade ago, “guide mode” belay devices appeared on the market. These tools let you belay one or two followers using an assisted-braking function—the device would arrest a follower’s fall practically on its own, worked directly off the anchor, and required less belayer control. However, if the follower needed to downclimb or lower to retrieve stuck gear, work a crux, or take a photo, “releasing” the device to lower became complicated. The load-strand direct (LSD) lower offers a simple, smooth, easy-to-set-up lower.