Figure 4-78.Continuing the climb.
When you reach the working position, proceed
immediately with great care to attach the safety strap.
You should place your feet so that most of the weight is
on the right foot, with the right knee locked. The left
foot should be slightly above the right foot and the left
leg should be slightly bent.
Crook your right arm around the pole. Use your left
hand to unsnap one end of the safety strap from the left
D-ring on the body belt. Holding the end of the safety
strap in your left hand, pass it around the back of the
pole. Transfer the end of the safety strap from the left
hand to the right hand; at the same time, crook your left
arm around the pole to hold yourself in position. Then
swing the end of the safety strap quickly around with
your right hand and snap it onto the right D-ring on the
Visually check to ensure that the snap hook
on the safety strap is hooked on the D-ring and
that the keepers on the snap hooks on both ends
of the strap are facing away from your body.
When you are sure the strap is secure, you may
slowly lean back against the safety strap, as
shown in figure 4-79.
Before starting down the pole, you must release the
body belt. Crook your left arm around the pole, and
unhook the safety strap from the right D-ring with the
right hand. Pass the end of the safety strap to the left
hand, crook your right arm around the pole, and snap the
end of the safety strap to the left D-ring.