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This is a DIY harness for climbing from paracord and a climbing rope.


You can made a simple harness from a single 4-5 m (13-16 feet) climbing rope as You may see in this tutorial but it's pretty uncomfortable. In this tutorial we add 3 protective parts made from paracord and rope to protect Your waist and thights.
We are using paracord 3 mm and  Beal Edlinger Dry Cover 10,2 mm .
For harness use only climbing rope and read warnings at the end of this guide.
The harness has 3 protective parts: 1 for waist protection and 2 for thighs.

2011-06-20 added  The end knots step
 

Step 1: Used materials

Picture of Used materials
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1. -  40 meter (131 feet) 3 mm paracord of different colours
2. -  12 meter (39 feet) 10,2 mm climbing rope Beal Edlinger Dry Cover
3. - knife
4. - lighter for fusing paracords and the ends of climbing ropes

 
jbrunet5 months ago

just go buy one for 40$. UIAA approved.

rpotts29 months ago
So, the 550 cord is more for cushioning than anything else? I used a similar seat (just rope though, no padding) in the Army as an Air Assault instructor. when I first saw this, my initial reaction was to insult you because of the 550 cord. thank God I read thru this! that passing is a really good idea.
Gonna make this for my zip line i built in my back yard guess we'll see if i have a sore butt
bkb2 (author)  coolblaze20191 year ago

Hi coolblaze2019,

this is not a Petzl Corax which I use for climbing. This is a forced solution not to use a simple rope which will hurt You. This is only the less bad solution use it only if you haven't any other and don't fail in it. Use it for a short period on single rope technique up and down or abseiling.

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amackinnon22 years ago
it is a nice demo but if you were to take a real climbing fall, death would result.
great idea! the waist band gave me the idea to use those as straps for a woven paracord backpack. nice ible by the way, in definitely going back to colorado here in the states some time soon
Excellent, first rate sir!

I thought you would be slated over safety aspects etc, but it would seem that you have the basics covered.

I like it...I like it alot!

Well done.
climber19943 years ago
Great make but should point out this type of thing should only be used for emergencies . But thanks I have made one and its in my climbing bag just in case my primary harness fails for some reason.
rhendric4 years ago
S its a souped up swiss seat! Right?
bkb2 (author)  rhendric4 years ago
Yes raynman217,
You are right, You may call this a souped up swiss seat. Thank for comment. :-)
TrailH4x4 years ago
Proper webbing sourced from a climbing vendor would be better, but I think you give an excellent presentation that could help save a day on the rock for someone who arrived with a busted harness.

Great catch on the locking tails. I make a habit of never tying a square knot on life securing gear. The square knot has history under its alter ego, the reefing knot, in which its design can under the right circumstances be flipped into load spilling lark's head. Substitute with a water knot for security (definitely if used with webbing). Even with the water knot, lock your tails.

Nice instructable!
Rob O4 years ago
That is some really interesting rope-work. Neat exercise. Great concept.

I could see how thhis concept would help in an emergency rap or something. But would you feel safe to use it in a regular climbing scenario? That knot completeing the harness doesnt exactly 'double-back'. I'd be very worried that the know would come loose and spill a climber from the harness in a fall. If I saw someone at a crag using that harness I'd be deeply worried about having to help out with a body recovery!!

Still, it's a cool concept. I'm curious to know what you have in mind for it!
bkb2 (author)  Rob O4 years ago
Thank You Rob, You are right, we haven't documented clearly the end knots. So we add another step to the instruction about the end knots .  Please take a look on it.
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mikeasaurus4 years ago
Nice job!
I've used rope harnesses before when climbing and they are really uncomfortable after a short while, looks like the paracord adds some nice padding and a few extra spots for your carabiners.
bkb2 (author)  mikeasaurus4 years ago
Thank You, we are proud that You appreciate this guide :-)
wouldn't it be easier to just make it out of webbing?
bkb2 (author)  ComplacentBard4 years ago
Hi, we haven't try it from webbing, so don't khow how comfortable is but there are nice solutions from webbing:
http://www.animatedknots.com/harness/index.php
ot this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP5IdhkgKs8