Commercial Seat Harnesses

With properly fitted leg loops, a seat harness rides comfortably on the hips, yet transfers the force of a fall over the entire pelvis. It also provides a comfortable seat while rappelling.

Several features are particularly desirable in a mountaineering seat harness (fig. 6-28a). Adjustable leg loops allow you to maintain a snug fit no matter how few or how many layers of clothing you wear. The loops also can be unbuckled to permit toilet calls without having to remove the harness, or even untie from the rope. Having the waist buckle loeated toward one side helps avoid conflict with the locking carabiner clipped to the front of the harness, and lets you move the carabiner left or right of center. Hardware loops are desirable for carrying carabincrs and other pieces of climbing

Around The Body Bowline

Fig. 6-27. Bowline-on-a-coil: a-f,for climber at the end of a rope; g-h, for middleman. It is not recommended that this knot be used around the body except in emergencies.

Fig. 6-27. Bowline-on-a-coil: a-f,for climber at the end of a rope; g-h, for middleman. It is not recommended that this knot be used around the body except in emergencies.

Fig. 6-28. Commercial seat harnesses showing principal features mentioned in text

gear, while padded waist and leg loops give added comfort.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for buckling into these harnesses. For most harnesses, you will need to pass the waist strap back over and through the main buckle a second time for safety. Be sure that at least 2 inches of the strap extends beyond the buckle after re weaving it.

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