Steps on How to Wear a Climbing Harness?
When you go rock climbing, no matter what height you climb from, you must wear a secure harness. Wearing a harness is potentially life-saving in a problematic situation, and you won’t regret making sure you have the best one.
However, even if you do have the best one, it doesn’t matter if it’s the most expensive harness in the world – you have to wear it correctly otherwise it won’t work at all.
If you’re a beginner in the rock-climbing industry, then you may not know the basics but putting on a harness and wearing it is one of the first things you should learn. You may even need to wear a harness for your job that isn’t rock climbing as there are multiple reasons why you may need to wear one!
Our guide will show you a step by step guide on how to wear a harness and the risks of not wearing one at all. Remember, it’s all for your safety and protection, so it’s worth every cent you spend on one and every single second it takes to learn how to wear it properly.
Why Should You Wear a Climbing Harness?
Likewise, to every activity, rock climbing and completing high up jobs come at the risk of falling. But, wearing a harness protects you from falling and hurting yourself badly.
If you were to rock climb and get to the top then fall, with a harness, you might end up with some bumps and bruises but nothing like you would if you didn’t wear one.
There are so many risks you take when you start climbing high up, and these are just some of the essential reasons of why you should always wear a climbing harness – even if you’re a professional.
- It could save your life; do you need any more reasons other than this? They’re so safe and secure you’ll feel as though your life is in excellent hands and you have nothing to worry about, even if you’re 100 meters in the air!
- They’re easy to put on and relatively inexpensive, so surely you should consider wearing one if it’s going to protect you from the fall you could have. Plus, they’re not too expensive either, so if you’re wanting to go free climbing and don’t have anyone with you, that’s entirely possible and not risky.
- It’s comfortable and won’t get in the way since they’re so small, and they are attached to your body, you don’t have to worry about other forms of protection! You’re sorted entirely wearing a harness, and you don’t have to worry about other ways of safety (except your helmet!)
If you’re a regular harness wearer, then these steps will seem routine, but as a beginner, you may be clueless. Don’t worry about not knowing how you wear a harness. Before you know it, you’ll be putting it on with no help at all, like a real pro!
- Lay out the harness on the ground. Hold it out in front of you before you do this and ensure that there are no twists in the belt or loops.
- Step yourself into the harness with one foot in each loop, make sure the waist loop is still around you too.
- Pull up the harness so that it sits above your hips. The waist belt should be on or above your hips at this point. If it’s super tight, then you may have to loosen the straps a little. A harness sits differently on everyone, and you have to be sure it fits you right.
- Once it’s fitted on your body how it should be, tighten the waist loops by pulling the straps. You also need to be sure that the straps have been double backed. Some harnesses do this automatically, and others require you to do it manually.
- Check to ensure the harness is tight enough but not uncomfortable. Pulling it in a downwards direction over your hips should test if it’s on correctly. If it stays on, then your harness is correctly fitted.
- Tighten the leg loops the same as the waist. Again, make sure it is comfortable as if it’s not tight enough the harness may not be safe. But, if it’s too tight, it can cause other problems.
- Wiggle about in the harness, this will give you more of an idea of how comfortable it is. Sit down and jump around, you should be able to feel great, and the harness shouldn’t be overly tight either.