Carrying It on Your Back





Introduction: Carrying It on Your Back

Put the bundle of rope on your back.

Each free end then goes under your armpits, before crossing behind you, over the rope bundle... This will prevent the rope from bouncing around as you're walking.
Finally, the free ends are tied together at your waist (over your stomach) using a reef knot.



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    Thanks for posting this. I used to know how to do it. Now I do again.

    dude, u need more music lol, all your vids have the same docile-toned song. ~not hatin'

    The only thing not said in the instructions is that the rope is doubled before starting. It's only noticable if you look closely at the video or the pictures.

    i thought you would be able to put stuff in it... D: but where does all your climbing stuff go?

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    on your climbing harness... However, traditionally, mountaineers only carried a rope, and no gear...

    Hunh? That's silly, and I'm a 'trad' climber. I use a mountaineers coil all the time. One climber carries the rope (and maybe a small amount of gear.) The other climber carries the bulk of the gear. Sport climbers might carry the gear on their harness. But trad climbers usually use a gear sling. You might only have a fanny pack for water, etc. on the climb, but you most likely had one backpack for the gear. If the descent and walk off are not where you started, then the 'second' carries the backpack on the climb.

    hehe i need to go climbing with you then hehe i usually have to carry at least one of the ropes (we usually go with 2 ....mmmmm twins!)and at a bare minimum half the gear in a backpack while my buddy carries the other half of the gear...and one of the ropes if i'm not carrying both we either have a rope bag (nice) or we use the "butterfly coil" (never heard it called that....always mountaineers coil)...if we use that method then i just tie the rope around my backpack as if i were tying it around myself...alot less cumbersom

    Sure, I'll carry the gear ;) Twin ropes, eh? Never used 'em but I bet two twins (8 or 9's) weigh more than a single rope.. To be honest, I always called this one the mountaineers coil, too. Guess I learned something. Don't have any photos of someone humping a rack, so instead, here's one of the guys just sorting gear. (So much for not carrying gear.) Sure wouldn't want to carry 10 or 15 cams on my harness for 5 miles, jabbing me behind the knees every step.


    hehe indeed especially the #6 BD camalot....that things the size of a chihuahua (but it comes in handy) twins are actually lighter...i believe the twins we've got ar 8's or 7's....technically designed for ice climbing (waterproof core etc...) they definitely feel alot lighter than the 11mm PMI that we use on quick trips

    You laugh..I've got the old #5, from before they dumped the 1/2 sizes. People love that cam, but nobody wants to carry it. If you have it and don't use it, you're miserable. If you don't have it and need it, you're miserable and very scared ;) .

    I wanna try twins or halves for ice. Sure must make rapping easier.


    The big cams are one thing to carry, but I had an old climbing partner who insisted on bringing a #7 (I think) tri-cam on every climb. Even thin crack climbs. That thing hadda be 10" long, 6" wide, and the yellow webbing on it was wider than a seatbelt. Made very nice tones when banging against the solid metal #5 tricam on your rack. Whenever leading, I tried to make a point of placing that sucker as soon as I possibly could, just to avoid being weighed down. I used to carry the #5 a lot... One thing that made it slightly better to carry was putting a pin on a little string attached to it. You could pull the trigger almost all the way back, feed the pin so it wedged between a couple of the big holes on the lobes of the cam, and it would pin shut. Then, when using it, you could grab it with one hand, turn in sideways, pull the trigger slightly, and gravity would cause the pin to simply fall out. Doesn't help how heavy it is, but it takes up less space on the rack.

    Good one. I've done that trick on occasion, just using a stick that falls out (and drops away.) You reminded me of it, as it's been a while. This also helps keep the trigger wires tucked out of the way on the rack--they are so long on a #5, normally they twist and other cams easily get hung up. I've only met one person who regularly uses tricams--I guess if you love 'em, you love 'em. I've placed one maybe a couple of times...


    Dunno why tricams fell out of vogue... I really used to like the little pink 0.5. In cam mode, those things felt bomber. The big ones were kind of on the heavy side. Nowadays, probably easier to carry cams tho', greater range and all. Something just more trustworthy about a big nut or tricam. I think I stopped carrying most of the tricams when I filled out my rack with camalots and aliens. *Love* the little aliens. Maybe I just like little gear. Fits in little cracks better.

    In our area, they're favored by climbers who frequent the 'Gunks,' as the horizontal nature of the natural features work great for tricams. I agree about passive pro being my first choice, but generally fiddle in a hex or a nut instead (especially if there's a good stance--save the cams for when it's on you)... RE: aliens--I love small TCUs for similar reasons. And the three-cam units fit where a regular 4-cam won't. In fact, they're similar to a tricam in that respect.

    PASSIVE PRO ALL THE WAY BABY! me and my buddy went on a crusade for about a year where we didn't bring a single piece of active gear on any climb...just nuts, hexes, lowe tricams, and a few was the most beautiful thing ever in my opinion if you can't protect the climb with a rack or two of nuts and hexes...then it's not worth climbing....that said...i do still love does save time when you're pumped trying to get some pro in if you ever end up at looking glass in north better have a tricam or two on's covered in these undercut eyebrows that are virtually impossible to protect...every so often you get a really bomber tricam placement though...and the small cams will at least slow you down if you skid off the slab


    NC... Y'all don't really like pro anyway, do ya? ;) My recollections from NC are all Stone Mtn related. Nothing like run-out friction climbing to constipate you for a couple months.

    hehe indeed! NC invented runout! (and death blocks)

    Naw--Seneca's the place for death blocks....

    hehe...well just the GIANT deathblock that fell off the top (the gendarme) seneca is what i think heaven would be like if it existed...absolutely awesome (except for solar....5.7 my ass!)

    hehehe--classic Seneca. Like 'west pole', 5.7+ --it's a joke to tack a 'plus' to a 5.7, just call it a 5.8. Or getting offroute on 'Thais' and trying to turn the corner back to the climb from the west pole exit ramp (hard 'seneca' 5.9 (really 5.10) with the gear below your feet.)

    Or end of the second pitch of 'prune?' Funny, I just ran into a guy last weekend at a local crag. He and I were involved in a rescue several years back when someone fell off the top of that pitch, zippered almost all his gear and got banged up pretty bad. At least 25 other climbers were involved the the rescue, too.

    We were just walking up Roy Gap rd. when Markwell came toolin' up in his pickup and said "Drop your gear, boys." We humped all the first aid stuff, body board, etc. to the base of Prune.

    I know another guy who broke his leg at the same spot. I finally led that pitch a couple years ago and it's not too bad, but it's not for someone who's leading limit is 5.7....