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Lead belay technique 19-Oct-2018 At 3:42:44 AM ironcheff
I think the technique you describe is good practice though not for the reason given. Holding a rope in your hand with little finger towards direction of pull is way more effective/secure than thumb towards direction of pull.
Imagine doing tug of war holding the rope with thumbs closer to your body or climb hand over hand up a rope with thumbs towards the ground, you would have no chance.
If you reach over the rope with your off hand you'll likely grasp the rope with thumb toward direction of pull, if you reach under it will be little finger in direction of pull which is more effective.

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