Improvised Rappelling Harness
by Tire Iron

There are some very comfortable rappelling harnesses on the market. However, they are also quite bulky and can take up a substancial amount of room in oneBs rucksack B especially if one does not plan on needing a rappel harness. There are a few Bfield expedientB rappel harnesses too. One of them is the Branger harnessB that is made from a length of military OD green static line rappelling ropes. However it is not a very enjoyable experience to rappel with one of those B especially if one is wearing any gear (which adds weight B which adds discomfort to oneBs Bnether regionsB)! So B any field expedient rappel harness needs to meets my criteria B which are:

1. Is SAFE (I donBt want to crash and burn down a 100B cliff!)
2. Takes a minimal amount of room in my 2nd or 3rd line gear
3. Is as comfortable as possible (within the limits emplaced by #2)

What is described below is what I have found meets MY needs. It may or may not meet yours.

To make a field expedient rappel harness B all one needs is a 20B length of 1 inch nylon tubing, a steel locking carabineer and a little Bknow howB. (The length of 20B is good for those with 34B waists and under. If you have a waist larger than that B youBll need longer than 20B B how much longer is up to you to figure out.)

YouBll have to supply the Bbiner and the tubing yourself B but you can get the "know how" in this article.

Start first by finding the center of the 20B tubing. Bring that center portion through your legs B so the rest of the tubing (in two BtailsB) is behind you.

Then bring one of the tails around your leg and bring it up through the loop you formed with the center.

Do that with both BtailsB so it looks like this:

Now wrap both BtailsB behind your back and then back to the front like this:

Keep wrapping these tails around your waist until you run out of tubing:

Then tie a Bwater knotB

and finish it up with a Bhalf hitchB on each side of the knot with the extra tubing. Note that the knot is not BcenteredB on the body B it is offset a little so the knot will not interfere with the rope that will go through the carabineer. Then route the Bbiner through the Boriginal loopB and the tubing that is wrapped around your waist. You are now ready to Bhook upB the rappel harness.