How to Climb Ropes

How to Climb Ropes
Rope climbing is one of the most physically challenging activities you can do, incorporating your arms, legs and core muscles. It is also an excellent workout in preparation for rock or boulder climbing, where you will use many of the same muscles and may need to climb up your rope if you slip from your hold on the rock face.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Climbing boots
  • Climbing boots
Step 1
Place both hands on the rope above your head. Your hands should be touching.
Step 2
Place your feet on the rope, pinning it in your instep. Your climbing boots will make it easier to grip the rope with your feet.
Step 3
Begin climbing using the inchworm technique: loosen your foot grip and raise your legs. Secure the rope in your instep below your buttocks, then push up with your feet and pull with your arms. Continue until your legs are almost straight.
Step 4
Repeat this process until you reach the top of the rope.
Step 5
Lower yourself by using your hands first to lower yourself, then holding steady and lowering your legs, clamping again on the rope at a lower position. Continue this process down the rope.

Tips & Warnings

Do not rope climb without supervision by a trained expert.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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