How to Make a Rope Safety Harness

How to Make a Rope Safety Harness
A rope safety harness can allow an injured person to be lifted out of a crevasse or other difficult to reach area. A rope safety harness can also be used to rappel down a cliff. Though a rope safety harness made on the fly with webbing will not be as comfortable as a commercially made one with padding, it will provide a measure of safety. This harness can also be made with a length of rope if webbing is not available.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Carabiner
  • 20 feet of 1-inch wide nylon webbing
Step 1
Double the webbing to find the middle.
Step 2
Tuck the middle of the webbing 6 inches deep into the front of the waistband of your pants.
Step 3
Pass the ends between your legs so they are behind you.
Step 4
Bring the ends of the webbing around your thighs to the front.
Step 5
Pass the ends of the webbing through the loop first formed between your legs.
Step 6
Pull the ends of the webbing out and around your waist crossing them behind you.
Step 7
Wrap the ends of the harness around your waist until the full length is used up.
Step 8
Tie off the ends of the harness with a secure knot. Tie the knot off to the side so it will not interfere with the carabiner.
Step 9
Attach a carabiner to the initial loop and waist wraps.

Article Written By Mark Quest

Mark Quest began his writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. He attended Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, focusing on the sciences.

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