How to Tie a Climbing Harness With Webbing

How to Tie a Climbing Harness With Webbing
Climbing harnesses should be retired routinely just as ropes should. If your harness ever breaks or you need to rescue someone who is not wearing a harness, this method can help you in a pinch. You can make a seat harness using tubular webbing, which is something climbers should always have on hand. Learn five easy steps to quickly tie a climbing harness.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 7 to 9 feet of tubular 1-inch webbing Locking carabiner
  • 7 to 9 feet of tubular 1-inch webbing
  • Locking carabiner
Step 1
Find a piece of webbing that is 7 to 9 feet long, depending on how large the person using the harness will be.
Step 2
Tie a water knot with the ends of the webbing so that it creates one big loop. Do this by making a loose overhand knot with one end of the webbing, then take the other end of the webbing and insert it into the loose overhand following the curves of the knot. Pull tight so that the knot has the two ends coming out on opposite sides.
Step 3
Wrap the webbing around the back of the person with one strand above the hips and one below.
Step 4
Reach for the lower strand, and bring it between the legs and to the front of the body.
Step 5
Attach a locking carabiner to the three strands meeting in the front of the body, near the navel. You now have your makeshift harness.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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