How to Tie a Harness

How to Tie a Harness?

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Harnesses can be extremely expensive, and if you’re on a budget, it’s surprising how much they can be. If you’re wanting a high-end harness, then you’re looking at hundreds of dollars. But, what can an expensive harness do that a well-tied knot can’t? Well, there’s not much between the two, and that’s why we’ve put together this guide. 

We’re going to show you how to tie a Swiss seat harness using 10 ft of rope. It’s easy to tie, comfortable, and very safe, so you have nothing to worry about!

This tied harness is more commonly known as the swiss seat, and it’s one of the safest ties around. As a beginner it should take you no longer than 10 minutes to tie, once you’re a pro you can do it in a matter of 1, 2, 3! 

It’s simple too, so there’s not much to learn which is perfect for anyone who doesn’t like learning new things or seems to forget aspects that are difficult to understand.

self-made harness for climbing

Safety First

It’s imperative to know the risks behind using a harness and having one that isn’t entirely secure could be potentially life-threatening. This is why you should perfect your tie before you use the self-made harness for climbing or other activities. Your safety and security are crucial, and it’s not ideal to fall from high heights with a harness that isn’t entirely secure.

We would recommend looking through the step-by-step guide and making sure you’re thoroughly happy with using the DIY harness.

You should first try it at a relatively low height and then when you’re comfortable with the safety, move on to more significant activities. You also have to get used to how the harness works correctly before you put your life at risk or complete larger climbs.


This swiss seat harness is inexpensive to make and saves a lot of money, while still being reliable and useful. There are only three key materials to tie your own harness.

  • 10 to 12 ft of rope – this depends on your size, it’s always better to get more rope and have extra if needed than not have enough. You want it to be comfortable and also fit you perfectly too. The rope can be anything from a static line or natural fiber. Typically, a rope isn’t expensive so this won’t cost a lot but just ensure you’ve got something that is good quality.
  • Leather gloves – to protect your hands from rope burn while you’re rappelling. It’s very common for people who tie ropes to have this problem, and it hurts a lot!
  • Carabiner – it’s also essential that it has a lockable gate and it supports your weight. Don’t shy away from how much you weigh, it’s nothing to be afraid or embarrasses of and could be a safety problem if you don’t get a suitable carabiner.
perfect new harness tie

Step-By-Step Guide

Follow this 8-step guide perfectly, and before you know, you’ll have a perfect new harness tie for all your climbing needs. You’ll save yourself a lot of money and become more practical too. After learning, you’ll be able to tie all different types of rope, and you’ll be the talk of the town!

  1. Make sure the rope is folded in half and hold the rope in one hand in line with your waist. Take your other hand and pull one end of the rope around the back of your waist then pull them both forward. At this point, you should have a longer and shorter side on either side of your body.
  2. Twist the rope over itself (twice!). It’s a similar action to how you would start tying a shoelace. After this, let the rope hang towards the ground.
  3. Reach behind your legs and pull the rope around your leg, so it’s behind you. The rope should now be pulled forward, and the rope should be sitting under your bum cheeks. Ensure this is tight. The front should now look like a triangle around your genital area and sit comfortably like a seat behind you.
  4. Feed the rope through the waistline rope section (separately) to ensure an even tighter harness.
  5. Squat and tug the ropes tight (you may have to do this around 2 or 3 times!). It will start to feel more comfortable the more you do it. After this, bring the ends of the rope back around your waist and hold both ends at the same hip as you started at.
  6. Use both ends to tie a knot at your hip. Double tie this knock for extra safety.
  7. Tie half hitches on both sides of the knot you’ve just tied.
  8. Tuck the remaining rope into your pocket and feed the carabiner through the front ropes. Spin the carabiner around, so it appears tight, and the red markings disappear. Now you’re ready to have fun!

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