How to Make Climbing Ropes

How to Make Climbing Ropes
Many people seeking an intense, full-body workout climb ropes, either in their own backyards or at gyms fitted with ropes for this purpose. You can buy climbing rope or save money by making your own. Either way, it's important to know what kind of rope to buy, which hook is best, and how to install your rope.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Three-strand Manila rope Steel-eye hook
  • Three-strand Manila rope
  • Steel-eye hook
Step 1
Obtain a high-quality, three-strand Manila rope from a hardware store or online. Ideally your rope will be 1.5 to 2 inches thick. Look for the label "Grade A." Purchasing a thinner rope is risky; it may not be able to hold your weight and it won't last nearly as long.
Step 2
Obtain a steel-eye hook. The eye hook will prevent the need for tying multiple knots in the thick rope, which is extremely difficult. It will also make moving your rope from one secure location to another much easier. Steel-eye hooks are available at most hardware stores or can be purchased online. Make sure the eye is wide enough to allow your rope to pass through it.
Step 3
Thread the end of the rope through the steel-eye hook. Pass at least 3 feet of rope through the hook.
Step 4
Tie the rope that has passed through the hook into a knot; a square knot is best. This will be a challenge due to the thickness of the rope, but once complete it will ensure that no matter how hard you pull on the rope, the knot will only get tighter and more secure.
Step 5
Hang up the rope, using the steel-eye hook, on a secure branch or other support. The hook should snap into place to secure its hold.

Tips & Warnings

Do not use the climbing rope described above for rock climbing. Technical climbing requires rope with different specifications.

Article Written By William Jackson

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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