What are Autobelays?

Autobelays are a mechanical device which replaces the toprope system and belayer. In the event of a fall the climbers is slowed and then lowered to the floor.

How the risk is managed for foundry members (unsupervised climbers)

  • Our membership tests help us to ensure that climbers know how to use the autobelays.
  • We regularly check the autobelays are functioning correctly.
  • We mark off landing zones on the floor to make other centre users aware of where the climbers will descend.

How the risk is managed on instructed sessions

  • All our staff have National Governing Body qualifications and are subject to an in house review process.
  • The instructor checks that the climbers harness is on correctly and autobelay is attached correctly.