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Old 06-20-2005, 01:16 PM   #1
dave ojeda
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I am looking to set up a climbing rope on a tree in the backyard. I was looking for suggestions on how to do that(size of rope, rope material, way to secure it to tree). I plan on securing it to a large tree branch but wasn't sure how to do it.

I also forgot the name of the preferred vendor that crossfit is using for ropes these days.

Any help is appreciated!
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Old 06-20-2005, 03:47 PM   #2
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I think it is West Marine,Dave
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Old 06-20-2005, 05:50 PM   #3
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Tie two of them to large branches and climb with one hand on each.
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Old 06-20-2005, 06:02 PM   #4
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Dave, use a figure 8 knot.
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:36 PM   #5
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You can use 3/8" metal cable to make a sturdy anchor (hardware store). Tie it, loop it or crimp it around the tree so it's way secure. Then use an easier set of biners and or webbing slings to tie your rope to that. That saves wear and tear on yor rope and lets you take it down easily when you don't want it cooking or soaking in the elements.
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Old 06-21-2005, 03:32 PM   #6
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Great Question Dave! I have been thinking about this since I moved into my new place.

I have my rings suspended on a brance about 25 feet off the ground it would be perfect for a rope as well.

I attached my rings by purchasing some 400 lb test chain at a hardware store, some locking D-rings, and some rubber hose. I fed the chain through the hose (I got two 1 foot lengths) and used the D-rings to secure the chain over the branches I selected. I wanted to use the rubber hose to protect the tree from damage as well as keep the chain from becoming 'grown into' the branch as the tree grew (for easier chain removal later). The chains hang down about 10' from the branch, where I used two 'biners to attach to the loops for my Power Rings.

I plan on doing something similar for my climbing rope, but with a smaller chain.


The big disapointment was last week when I went to a "West Marine Store", and the largest diameter rope they had was MAYBE 1/2". I wanted something at least an inch, but the larger dia the better (as long as I can get my fingers around it).

I guess you have to order the heavier rope from their website.
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Old 06-22-2005, 08:17 AM   #7
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I got lucky and found a fifty foot piece of rope in the Mississippi river. It had to have come from a barge. It's about 2" dia.
I haven't hung it yet, but the plan is to splice a loop in one end, then shoot a small dia. tag line over a branch with my bow, then attach the tag line to the rope, pull the rope over the branch and loop it though itself.
I just haven't found the right branch yet.
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Old 06-22-2005, 11:00 AM   #8
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DOn,

You really lucked out, I am still trying to decide where to buy my rope from.
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Old 06-22-2005, 11:39 AM   #9
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Well, I don't think it's the best rope in the world for climbing on. When I found it, it was covered in algae, so I power washed it. Then I discovered it's made of some kind of plastic fiber, and it's fairly old and some of the fibers are breaking and coming loose. Might not be very fun to slide down it (imagining embarrassing trip to ER to have fibers pulled from nads):crazy:.
Might be better off buying some new (if I can find it).
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Old 06-22-2005, 12:41 PM   #10
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What are "trees?"

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