CLIMBING - EQUIPMENT
days gone by, the rope was tied to the waist and if
the climber fell off, the rope would tighten to arrest
the fall with a good chance of braking a few ribs and
in extreme cases it could become so tight around the
chest and he would suffocate on the end of the rope.
Today the climber uses an harness because they are a
great safety item as they spread the load in a fall
and with the arrest being more comfortable and safer.
Basically the Harness consists two
 leg lopes, belay loop, buckle, wide padded waist
belt and loops for your gear.
The harness also has other important uses when belaying
in which you fasten yourself to the rock on climbs,
abseiling in which you make a sliding descent of the
rope with the use of a friction device in controlled
are a number of different harnesses for different aspects
of the sport from sport climbing, harness for longer
routes and full body harnesses. There are number of
principles that apply to all harness, make sure the
waist belt is large enough to accommodate extra clothing,
smaller enough for tight fit when climbing, sufficient
room in the leg loops for movement, enough gear loops
for the gear you intend to use and finally the waist
belts and leg loops need padding to maintain circulation.
The price of an harness will start around £30.00
and try to purchase a harness that is simple to use
and always purchase from a specialist shop. Once purchased
always check for wear and tear before you climb with
careful attention to any stitching that has worn. The
harness should be discarded if the tie-in or belay points
have been damaged or weakened.
Always double back the straps in the buckles on the
leg loops and waist loop when the harness is on, this
prevents the straps from freeing themselves. Always
check your partners harness before climbing.
- Climbing, Fell Walking,
Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports
and other Activities can be extremely dangerous
and can result in permanent disability or even
loss of life. Participants in these activities
should be aware of and accept these risks and
be responsible for their own involvement and
Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible.
Always seek advice and information.