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Stop saying 12-Jan-2015 At 4:44:02 PM shiltz
I guess I tend to chat a bit if I have a clear line of sight to my partner but once I get out of sight I tend to revert to the minimum of calls. This is because I find I end up in situations where it is difficult or impossible to hear my climbing partner pretty often due to wind or cliff shape. And in those cases keeping the number of calls to a minimum is essential.
e.g. get to the top of the pitch, build your anchor, take in the slack, put them on belay and then call "on belay fred". If you don't hear a response just give 3 big tugs on the rope to indicate the same.
e.g. get to the top of a sport route, clip in hard, thread the anchors, weight the rope and yell "lower away fred". Since your partner knows it is a sport route with a lower off they'll lower you sooner or later even if they can't hear or see you.

And I agree with patto, "off belay" is a question that requires an "ok" before you actually do it.

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