Rock climbing equipment: securing a rock climbing harness
The rock climbing harness is one of the most critical of your climbing gear. Proper fitting and donning of the harness is crutial. Many harness have different features for the style of climbing or time of year you climb. Ensure you're properly equipped!
The link between life and death in rock climbing is often compared to the rope that is tied between two climbers or the rope anchored at the top of a top-rope climb. However, without a properly worn harness, the rope would really have no benefit to either climber.
The climbing harness is a very simple piece of equipment. There are several types of harnesses available, the most popular and diverse is the seat harness. It is also very simple to don. It is possible though, to improperly secure your harness to yourself and put you and your climbing partner's lives in jeopardy.
First and foremost, whether you are a seasoned climber or just beginning, read the manufacturers instructions that came with your harness. These will tell you the intricacies and any special instructions about the harness that are needed.
Modern harnesses are made of nylon webbing sewn together to create a system of loops and straps. They include a heavy duty waist strap and adjustable leg straps. Their design not only protects a climber in a fall, it also protects the climber's body during a fall by distributing the force of the fall throughout the pelvic, thighs and buttocks areas of the body. These parts of the body take those kinds of forces much better than the back and neck.
When choosing a proper harness, remember, it should fit you comfortably. When properly donned and doubled back, the waist strap should have two inches of webbing left over. The leg straps should fit your thighs snugly. The type and size of harness is also is dependent on the type of climbing you are going to be doing and the time of year. Winter climbing requires a harness that fits on the outside of your layered clothing. Aid climbers may need extra equipment loops to carry more gear. Consider other features such as padded leg loops for comfort, how many loops you will need to store your hardware and the waist buckle placement. If your harness? buckle is on one side rather than in the center of your waist, there will be less conflict with your tie in and locking carabineer that is clipped to the front of your harness.
Donning the harness is simple. Put it on outside your clothing. Place your legs through the leg loops as if you were donning a pair of pants. Buckle the waist strap. Almost all harnesses require that you double back the waist strap for double protection. Again, ensure that you have at least two inches of waist strap left over. When tying in, the most common knot is the doubled-over figure eight. It should be tied through the upper (waist) and lower (leg) loops webbing. If you are not tied in, a carabineer may be required to hold your leg loops up. Do not tie in to your carabineer; it creates a single point of failure. Remember to follow the manufacturer?s instructions for any idiosyncrasies or special instructions and climb safe!
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