Before the climber starts climbing they must attach the rope to their harness. This is often referred to as “tying in”. In most indoor climbing centres this must be done using the popular and well recognised climbing knot, the figure of eight.

Despite it being a fairly easy knot to learn and get right, as with belaying it is paramount this is done correctly and attached the correct part of the harness. The consequences of getting this wrong could lead to serious injury or even death.

This is one of three skills (correctly putting on a harness, belaying and tying in) we teach on our “Introduction to Rope Safety/Belaying” course. Most people can master these skills during this course. If not then we will offer extra tuition free of charge until they are able to.