One essential technique in the world of Rock Climbing is Tying In. It is the term used for attaching the rope to your climbing harness. There are several things to take into account when doing this technique in order to ensure your safety.
If you are leading a climb, or sometimes if you are belaying, you always need to be tied in. In this section, know some guidelines about the climbing equipment involved in Tying In and learn what knot to use in this technique:
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Guidelines - Climbing Harnesses
Tie-in Knot - Figure Eight Follow Through
Figure eight follow through loop is the most commonly used tie-in knot.
When completed, the tie-in loop should be about the same size as your abseil loop on your harness. If you want to know more about knots, please go to our climbing knots section.
By tying in, you have created a belay loop. This should always be used to accommodate your belay device if necessary - never should the abseil loop on your harness be used for this purpose.
As mentioned above, Tying In is connecting yourself to the rope. Thus, you need to be very careful, especially in tying knots. Know how to tie the required knots correctly to ensure safety.