How To Make A Climbing Harness With Rope
Learning how to make a climbing harness with rope is a sometimes life saving ability. In a perfect world harnesses will always be available and in good conditions. But what if no harness is available, or worse, what if you discover in the middle of a climb that your harness has some seams look loose or just popped? Well, at least you can make a harness with rope and go down safely.
To make a harness with rope, you will need:
- Fifteen feet of rope. Ideally 10 millimeters wide. The wider the rope the more comfortable the harness.
- A locking carabiner. You can also do it with a pair of non locking carabiners clipping them with their gates facing opposite directions.
To make a climbing harness with rope you have to follow these steps:
- Make a rope loop around your waist, using the double fisherman´s knot.
- Tie another loop using 6 feet of rope, also using the double fisherman´s knot. This second loop may or may not be connected to the one around your chest.
- Place the loop on the floor, and then twist one of it´s sides, forming an eight.
- Place one foot in each of the parts of the eight, and raise both loops to your hips.
- Clip the locking carabiner or the pair of carabiners to both leg loops and your waist´s loop.
- Test the harness and correct it´s balance. Make sure both leg loops pull correctly.
- Lock the carabiner and keep pulling it upwards to prevent an accidental disassembly.
Remember that this is an emergency maneuver, thus shall not be used unless really needed. It´s uncomfortable, so skin burn can happen. To make a more comfortable harness, use one inch webbing instead of rope.