How To Coil a Climbing Rope

If you are storing your rope for a while or stuffing it away in a back pack, coiling a climbing rope is worth the effort and will save you lots of time untangling knots that have mysteriously tied themselves in the middle of your rope.

Coiling a Climbing Rope

To start, find the middle of your rope. Some ropes have a convenient middle marker to make this easy. If yours doesn't, find both ends and hold them together. Shuffle both the strands of rope through your hands until you get to the middle point.

Next, hold the middle point in one hand and loop both strands over your shoulders. Grab them with your other hand.

How to coil a climbing rope

Use the hand with the middle in it to reach across and grab the rope below your other hand, without letting go of the middle.

How to coil a climbing rope

Pull your hand along the rope, creating enough space to flick the two strands in front of you over your head, so they rest on your shoulders with the first two.

How to coil a rope

Repeat this with your other hand in the opposite direction.

How to coil a rope for climbing

Keep going until all but a couple of metres is draped over your shoulders.

How to coil a rock climbing rope

Use both hands to take the rope off your shoulders, draping the middle of the loops over your arm.

How to coil a rope for rock climbing

Taking the two ends of the rope, wrap them around all the loops near the top three or four times. It's best to go from the bottom upwards.

How not to get a tangled climbing rope

Push a loop of these ends through the top of the main loops of rope.

Coiling a climbing rope so it doesn't tangle

Finally, pass the two ends of the rope through this loop.

Coiling a climbing rope

Pull it all tight and your rope is coiled!

It takes some time to get the hang of coiling a climbing rope like this, but it's worth the effort and will save you lots of time untangling knots that have mysteriously tied themselves in the middle of your rope.

How to neatly coil a climbing rope

To tie the rope on your back, pull the loose ends over your shoulders, cross them across your chest, then wrap them in opposite directions around your back.

Bring the ends in front of you and tie them together around your waist.

How to coil a climbing rope on your back


How To Stack a Climbing Rope

Coiling a climbing rope is useful when you need to carry it or pack it away neatly, but you'll need to 'stack' the rope so that it will feed out without tangles while you're climbing.

Beginning at one end, simply feed the rope into a pile on top of your rope bag, or a clean area of the ground. Tying the ends of the rope into the straps of your rope bag makes it easier to find them. When preparing to lead climb, the leader will tie into the top end of the rope.

How to neatly stack a climbing rope

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