When you are into outdoor activities, you need to learn different skills that will help you deal with the challenges that come with it. One such skill that you need to learn if you are into recreational climbing is how to hang a climbing rope. Learning this skill is important not only when you are doing all these activities but also during emergencies. Climbing ropes are also lifesavers where it can be used in emergencies particularly in rescuing someone who requires immediate medical help.
There are different types of climbing rope in the market that caters to the different types of climbing activities. Whether it’s rock climbing, tree climbing, or other mountaineering activities, the most important thing is to use the right type of rope and learn how to properly hang or install it. Doing this will eliminate any chance of accident upon doing your rope climbing activity.
Different Ways to Hang a Climbing Rope
In general, there are three different ways of hanging a climbing rope. Each of these ways provides different benefits and convenience to the climber. It’s up to you to choose what is the right fit in relation to your climbing activities.
Hanging with the use of a Choker loop
For me, this is one of the easiest and most convenient ways of hanging a loop into a particular structure. Whether it’s a limb of a tree, a beam, or any fixed object, you only need to loop it around the structure while pulling the other end tightly for safety. I have used this hanging technique before and I can say that this is by far the easiest.
After pulling it tightly, you will have a rope that can carry a maximum of at least 2000 kilograms of weight. One of the advantages of using this hanging style is it does not need any type of hardware to make it work. If you are into rope climbing, just grab the rope and find a structure or fixed object that can carry your weight and you are good to go after the setup.
Hanging with the Spliced Loop
There are climbing ropes that are handcrafted with a splicing technique where the attachment part is braided to itself to form a strong 6-inch loop. To make it stronger, the loop is then supported by a strong and powerful nylon friction guard. This will protect the loop from wearing out due to aging. At the other end of the rope is a heavy-duty vinyl boot that protects the other end from also wearing out.
Hanging with the Help of a Hardware
The absence of a structured object or a place to put your climbing rope will need you to find suitable hardware that will help in hanging it. A chain and a carabineer can be used to attach the rope to a fixed object and install it properly. The chain which will be threaded through the loop will be attached to the fixed object with the carabineer
How to Hang a Climbing Rope to a Tree
Hanging a climbing rope into a tree is one of the most simple techniques that you can learn as one of your rope climbing skills. Hanging in a tree is also convenient as it can be done a few meters from your house. There are two ways that you can do to hang a climbing rope into a tree.
Hang the rope by climbing the tree
If you have the ability and are not afraid to climb a tree, it will be easier for you to hang and set up the climbing rope. All you have to do is climb to the specific limb that you want the rope to hang but make sure to be safe and careful during the climb. Once in the tree, put the rope chain and release clip the carabineer into a couple of strands in the rope or the whole rope itself. In that way, you are hanging it tightly and securely. Once installed, you can use the rope for your rope climbing activity or to go up and down the tree with ease.
By using a throw line
In this method, you will need to use other materials specifically a string to be used as the throw line and a small rope that will serve as support for your climbing rope. The first thing to do is to tie some object into the string to help in throwing it into the limb. Once the string is over the limb, you will tie an overhand loop to the smaller rope before tying it to the throw line. Use the throw line to hang the smaller rope into the tree.
Once the smaller rope is over the tree, you may now proceed to loop it with the climbing rope and pull it into the limb of the tree. This can be done by tying the other side of the smaller rope to the climbing rope and gently pull it up and leave it in the limb. The other end of the smaller rope will be tied into the branch of the tree to serve as support and security to your climbing rope. Wrapped it around the tree using a slip knot and then make an overhand loop while tightening it securely using at least 3 half-inch knots.
Hanging a Climbing Rope Indoors
If you want to hang a climbing roop inside a building or in your own home, there are also practices that must be followed to increase the safety and security of the rope climber. You should make sure that the framework is safe and has the strength to carry the weight that will be placed in the rope.
It is also advisable to keep the rope away from the reach of small children. This is to ensure safety and avoid accidents that might happen if the children will play and climb the rope.
Learning how to hang a climbing rope is a skill that must be learned if you are into rope climbing. Familiarizing how to do it will come in handy once you level up your climbing activities from your home and proceeding challenging climbing activity outside. The most important thing is to practice safety and security in any climbing activity that you are engaged with.