Improvising A Chest Harness
There are certain situations where a chest harness might be a good idea,
but all you have is the standard waist and leg loops deal. In a pinch,
improvising one could be an option. If you're thinking of belaying
children I personally wouldn't trust something like the sling method shown
below. Buy a real kids chest harness for them.
Right: The REI adjustable chest harness. To
be used in conjunction with a sit harness.
The chest harness is supposed to keep the climber
upright in the event of a fall. Also possibly handy if you're lowering an
injured climber for example. Certain devices (such as some self belay
devices), require you to wear a chest harness. Other situations might lend
themselves to using one, like when wearing a large pack. As with all pages
on Chockstone, I make no claim the following is accurate or
suitable for the purpose. (See: full
To improvise a chest harness using two short slings
follow these steps:
Step 1: Tie two small slings together using a Girth
Hitch or possibly something stronger, and drape it over your shoulders
as shown. Adjust as necessary. Step 2: Join the loops in front of
your chest with a locking carabiner, and clip the rope tied off from your
normal harness to this crab. Step 3: At this point you might choose
to stabilise the configuration with a short prusik
tying the rope to the carabiner (not pictued).
Note: In case it isn't obvious the sling
chest harness shown above is used in conjunction with a normal sit
harness, never as the sole means of support. Also note that this is an
improvised, emergency use kind of thing, and could well be dammed
uncomfortable if not totally useless.
Your Own Harness - Climbing skills article from altrec.com outdoors.
Chest Harness - Small section towards the end of this page.
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