How to Tie a Rope to a Climbing Harness

How to Tie a Rope to a Climbing Harness
Tying a rope into a climbing harness is one of the most basic techniques you'll need to learn for climbing. The rewoven Figure Eight, the universal knot used for tying into a seat harness, can also be used to connect a rope to an anchor. You need to know how to tie this knot cleanly and be able to recognize whether a climbing partner has tied it incorrectly, for your safety and his.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Flake out your rope and pick up one end of it to use for the knot and tie a loose Figure Eight with at least 2 feet of extra tail. You will be using this to feed it back through the Figure Eight.
Step 2
Wrap the tail through the rope tie-in of your harness.
Step 3
Take the end of the tail and feed it back through, following the Figure Eight.
Step 4
Tighten the rewoven Figure Eight. Make sure that it was followed through neatly without any twists in the rope.
Step 5
Tie an overhand knot with the extra tail if you have leftover rope. This gets it out of the way and acts as a small backup knot.
Step 6
Practice this knot until you can tie it automatically. It's one of the knots you'll use most throughout your climbing life.

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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