A retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force, Robert P. Givens couples his military experience with private sector business planning and operational practices in his role as president of RPG Consulting LLC. Outside of his professional pursuits, Robert P. Givens enjoys outdoor hobbies such as rock climbing. Outdoor climbing can be unpredictable, so it is important to remember the following safety tips:
Complete safety checks. Before you begin to climb, conduct safety checks on all equipment. Remove any jewelry that could catch on rock faces and cause injury. Check your harness to make sure that it is secure, determining whether the buckles are doubled back on your waist and both legs. After tying yourself to the rope, complete a final gear check with your fellow climbers.
Learn belaying. Belayers safeguard the climber above them, extending or braking the rope during climbing. If you are the belayer, you must know how to provide the proper amount of rope slack at all times. Learning the Pull, Brake, Under, Slide (PBUS) technique will help you protect your fellow climbers and prevent accidents.