Do you want to learn how to tie a harness with webbing? This may be the lightest and smallest way to have a trusty harness available within seconds. But remember, a harness made and sewn for the purpose will always be more comfortable and safer.
To tie a harness using webbing, you will need:
- 12 feet of one inch wide synthetic webbing. If the harness will be used by a child or a smaller adult, this lenght may be reduced.
- A locking carabiner, or two non locking carabiners used with their gates facing opposite directions.
The process of tying a harness with webbing are:
- Fold the webbing in exact halves, and make a loop in the middle point.
- Stick the loop in the harness user´s waistband, belt or simply tell him to hold it there.
- Pass both remaining ends of webbing between his legs, and then make them go around, one side on each leg, and meet back at the front.
- Make each rope go between the waist loop and the legs, and then back outside, holding one in each hand.
- Tighten both ends, releasing the loop from the waist, and forming a pair of X´s as you pull both sides to their outsides.
- Make each side go around the waist starting backwards, describing opposite loops twice.
- After two loops, tie both ends with a square or reef knot. As opposed to circular rope, webbing will not slip with these type of knot.
- Cut off excessive webbing seven inches away from the square knot.
- Clip and lock the carabiner from bottom to top of the intersection at the bellybutton.
- Test the harness by sitting on it while being held from the carabiner at ground level.
This is just one way to tie a harness using webbing, there´s many more that can be as effective. But none will provide comfort with such an easy sequence and in so little time.