- A climbing harness
- A climbing rope
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Step 1: Get Familiar With Your Harness
- The largest loop is the waist loop.
- The two medium sized loops on the very bottom are the leg loops.
- The vertical loop is the belay loop.
- The two small horizontal loops, in the center, are the tie-in loops.
Step 2: Loosen the Waist (and Leg Straps As Needed)
- Loosen straps like you would on a backpack.
Step 3: Check for Twisting
- Hold the harness horizontally from the waist strap.
- With the leg loops hanging down, locate any twists in the straps.
- Remove any twists you find.
Step 4: Putting on the Harness
- Place the harness on the ground with the 2 leg loops inside the waist loop.
- With the belay loop in the front, step into the 2 leg loops, which should be inside the waist loop.
- Grab the waist loop and pull it upward to your waist. This action should also pull the leg loops onto your thighs. (Just like putting on pants)
- Locate the various tightening straps on the harness and tighten them.
- Check to make sure that the 3 small loops in the front are centered on your body.
Step 5: Grab the Rope
- Grab the loose end of the climbing rope.
- Stretch 3-4 feet of rope in your hands.
Step 6: Tie the Knot
- Let go of the loose end in one hand, letting the 3-4 feet of rope dangle from your other hand.
- Take the loose end of the rope and wrap it around the rope dangling from your hand.
- Stick the loose end up through the created loop.
- Pull it tight.
You should now have a figure 8 looking knot. If it’s a 9 or a 7, you did it wrong.
This is your initial figure eight knot.
Step 7: Attaching the Rope to the Harness
- Feed the loose end of the rope through the two tie-in loops.
- Keep pulling the rope up through the loops until the figure eight is about an inch away from your loops/harness.
- Take the loose end and follow the eight knot back through where it came so that every part of the knot is doubled.
- You should have 5 sets of two parallel ropes.