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Helmets are an often ignored piece of safety equipment. Flying rocks and high exposure can seriously injure the climber and the belayer. A typical climbing helmet is made out of some form of plastic, does not obstruct vision or hearing, and is very adjustable.
The helmet pictured above is a very good one. Notice the holes in it. These are used for ventilation. The helmet also has small metal tabs for attaching a headlamp.
It is best to have a helmet for both the climber and the belayer. If only one helmet is available however, the belayer should use it. This is an often-debated question. Why should the belayer use it?
If the climber is being belayed from above, it might be better for the climber to use the helmet. It is a judgement that the climber and belayer need to make, depending on the circumstances. The best situation, however, is for both the climber and the belayer to use a helmet.[an error occurred while processing this directive]