When I was younger I loved to climb trees. Nothing was more exciting. In my backyard there was one tree in particular I wanted to climb. One problem though, the lowest branch was roughly 25 feet (7.6 meters) in the air. So I started to think of how I could possibly climb it. For some strange reason I thought of tying rope to a chair. It turns out it is a very effective way to climb. This project, as strange as it sounds, is fun and a great workout for your upper body.
I have always hated these things but here it goes: I take no responsibility and will not be liable for problems or injury that may occur. This can be dangerous so check and recheck your gear before climbing. Make sure all of the equipment you use can handle the weight many times the actual load. There, short and sweet.
Step 1: Materials and Tools.
Lawn Chair - Any basic folding Lawn Chair with the same basic structure will work just fine. The reason I chose this chair was because it would be easier to weave the rope through and felt very sturdy. Also, this chair is reinforced with metal in the armrests which is a definite plus. The first version of "The Climbing Chair" was one of the cheap plastic ones made out of PVC, it worked just fine.
Rope - 50 feet (15.24 m) 1/2 inch (13 mm) of twisted Polypropylene rope. I would suggest getting braided rope but twisted will work just fine. This rope is rated at 420 lbs (191 kg).
More Rope - I went with another 50 feet (15.24 m), 1/2 inch (13 mm) thick twisted Polypropylene rope for the hoisting rope, but it depends on the height of the branch.
Quick Link or Locking Carabiner - A mid to large size will do just fine. Four ropes will have to fit inside. My Quick Link is 3/8 inch (10 mm) rated at 3000 lbs (1360 kg).
Eye Grab Hook - An Eye Grab Hook is made to work with chains but it is just the item for this job. The Hook should be 5/16 inch (8 mm) rated at 3,900 lbs (1769 kg).
Twine - 50 feet (15.24 m) of 1/8 inch (32 mm) nylon twine. It is rated at 40 lbs (18 kg). Twine is an optional item. It is not necessary but it gives added security to your climb and I have found it makes a cleaner look and a more comfortable climb.
Knife - A sharp knife is important for getting a clean cut in the rope.
Ruler - Any measuring device will do.
Lighter - For melting the ends of the newly cut rope to prevent it from fraying or unraveling.
Electrical Tape - Aids in cutting the rope.
Aluminum Foil - Used in melting the rope but is not necessary.
Marker - Marking measurements on the rope.
Pocket Ref - by Thomas J. Glover. I call it the guide book to life, it is a great reference book to everything. It helped me find the right knots to use. I recommend picking one up. You can find more about it here: here on the publisher's website.
All of the materials can be found at any superstore or hardware store. I purchased all of the items for under 50 dollars (US) but I am sure many people have some of these items lying around the house.