How to Make a Climbing Rope Netting Grid

How to Make a Climbing Rope Netting Grid
Climbing nets are great for exercise, either as a youth camp activity or for climbers or cavers staying in shape. Netting grids can be tied together from ordinary climbing rope, which is strong enough to withstand the strain of substantial amounts of weight. Such grids require only a couple of tools to make them. The one downside is that putting a netting grid together requires tying dozens of knots, which is easy work, but very tedious.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spool of climbing rope
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil and paper
  • Scissors or knife
  • Duct tape or hot tar
Step 1
Sketch out the dimensions of your net on paper. This will help you visualize the end-product netting grid, and count how many lengths of rope you need and how long they must be. An eight-foot square of netting with one-foot gaps, for example, requires nine horizontal and nine vertical lengths of rope.
Step 2
Measure and cut lengths of rope. Designate either the horizontal or the vertical ropes as the ropes that will be used to tie all the knots in the netting grid. In this example, the vertical ropes will be used to tie knots. Cut the vertical ropes to the length of the netting grid plus about nine inches for every knot to be tied. Here, nine knots will be tied, for an additional 81 inches. Cut the horizontal ropes to length of the netting grid, plus one foot for a margin of error. So, the horizontal ropes are nine feet long, and the vertical ropes are 14 feet, nine inches long.
Step 3
Lay the horizontal ropes (the ones that will not be used to tie knots) out on the floor in straight lines, one foot apart.
Step 4
Lay the first vertical rope down along the outside of the horizontal ropes, and tie a clove hitch into every intersection. Do this by making two loops in the vertical rope, so it looks like a rounded, undulating pretzel. Place the loops one on top of the other, and thread the horizontal rope through them. Pull the vertical rope and its loops tight around the horizontal rope.
Step 5
Tie clove hitches at every intersection, taking care to check your measurements at each knot to ensure uniform one-foot squares. After tying knots into the first vertical rope, move onto the second and so on, until the entire netting grid is tied together. Make sure all the extra lengths of rope on the vertical lines end up on the same side of the grid.
Step 6
Leave some of the excess lengths of rope for hanging the netting grid, and trim away the rest with scissors or a knife. Using the extra rope from the vertical lines that were used to tie the knots, as described in Step 5, is a good way to arrange this.
Step 7
Bind the ends of all the ropes with duct tape or tar to prevent fraying.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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