Here’s a big thank you to belayers. (Of course, belayers should give a big shout out to climbers. Without the climber, it’s kinda silly to just hold a rope in your hand.)
“Thank you for knowing what to say and when to say it. Some climbers need words of encouragement shouted up to them while others don't want to hear a thing. It's a delicate balance, and you've got it down to a science. It might have taken some coaching, but you listened, and that's the mark of a Great Belayer. Better still, thank you for giving me a big hug on the ground [ED. Note: I don’t do that.] when I've done something you know is a big deal to me, whether I'll admit it or not.
Along the same line, thank you for giving me beta when I need it, and keeping quiet when I don't. It's difficult not to shout advice when the sequence is so obvious from the ground. [ED. Note: I don’t keep quiet, more’s the pity.]”