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 body belt. 4-41
WARNING 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.Continue Reading