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Belaying with a Super Figure 8

Thankfully this did not result in an injury -

We were at the outdoor wall a week or so ago and there was a Korean gentleman belaying his partner. He was using a Super Figure 8 (or similar) belaying tool. She called down for him to take up slack as she needed a bit of a rest (I think it was her first day rock climbing). As he sped through all the extra slack he had running out, he fumbled it and the rope slipped out of both of his hands and the entire belay system fell out of his hands- dangling limply from his harness.

Right about here was when my heart stopped.

Thankfully, the oblivious climber did not trust the ropes yet, so she was still clinging to the wall 20' above, with no knowledge of what had just happened. The belayer regained the rope tension and it was all good after that .

I have heard some conflicting things about belaying with figure 8's - how they are technically only rapping tools, but companies still market them as belay tools. Can someone set this straight?

Also, if she had of fallen at that critical moment, would the figure 8 have conceivably been able to slow or stop the fall on its own, or would the rope have just sped through it? (I have never used one of these devices).
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