Chest Harnesses

A chest harness can be readily improvised with a long loop of webbing (a long runner). One popular design depends on a carabiner to bring the ends of the harness together at your chest. Another uses a knot instead to attach the ends.

The carabiner chest harness: Start with a double-length runner. Give the runner a half twist to create two temporary loops, and push one arm all the way through each loop. Lift the runner over your head and let it drop against your back, then pull the two sides together and clip with a carabiner at your chest. Connect the chest and seat harnesses with a short piece of webbing or cord to keep the chest harness from riding up around your neck in a fall (fig. 6-32).

The final step is to link the chest harness to the climbing rope to prevent you from being flipped upside down during a fall. There are two ways to do this. You can simply run the climbing rope from your seat harness up through the chest carabiner. Or, you can tie a short prusik sling onto the rope in front of you and clip this into the chest harness. If you use the prusik, be sure it is carefully adjusted to help keep you upright, but still permit your weight to be borne by the seat harness (not by the prusik).

Treeclimber Harness
Fig. 6-3 J. Full body harness

The baudrier chest harness: The harness known as the baudrier also is made from a runner, though it will take a somewhat longer runner than the carabiner harness. Put your arm through the runner and hang it over one shoulder. Pull the other end around your back, under the opposite arm, and across your torso. Wind it around a short loop from the other side of the runner, push it through the loop, and cinch the knot tight. Clip the tail of this chest harness directly into the locking carabiner on your seat harness (fig. 6-33).

This harness is linked to the climbing rope in the same way as the carabiner chest harness: either by running the climbing rope up through a carabiner clipped to the chest harness or by attaching a short prusik sling from the rope to the chest harness.

Regardless of the system used, remember that harnesses also deteriorate with use, abuse, and disuse. Replace them about as often as your climbing rope.

Improvised Chest Harness

Fig. 6-32. The carahiner chest harness

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Fig. 6-32. The carahiner chest harness

Homemade Chest Harness
Fig. 6-33. The baudrier chest harness
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  • JENNIFER
    What is the sling and carabiner across the chest for?
    7 years ago
  • Leigh Hay
    How to connect a seat harness to a chest harness?
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    How to make a climbing chest harness using a sling?
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    How to tie a rope chest harness?
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    How to make chest harness with 120mm sling?
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    How to make a chest harness out of rope?
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    How to make a chest harness for cliimbing?
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    How to hook up climbing chest harness to seat harness?
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    How to make chest harness webbing?
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