Pick up / shoot climbing rope correctly: 3 techniques

To avoid a complete mess when transporting the rope, the rope should always be picked up. We'll show you three different techniques.

If you throw the rope haphazardly into your climbing backpack after climbing, you will regret it by the next session at the latest. A randomly knotted rope, a tangle or the annoying search for the beginning of the rope are the result.

Three techniques for picking up a climbing rope

If you want to avoid this, you should pick up / shoot the rope properly. This can be done either in the hand or over the neck. In a third variant, the rope is picked up in such a way that it can later be carried like a rucksack.

  1. Pick up in hand
  2. Pick up from the neck
  3. Record as a rope puppet / backpack

1. Shoot in hand

The climbing rope can be picked up normally or twice. We recommend picking up the rope normally because it is easier. Let's start with the technique of recording in hand.

With longer and / or thicker climbing ropes, the rope is difficult to hold due to its thickness or weight. In this case, the second technique, lifting from the neck, can be used.

2. Pick up from the neck

With this technique, too, the rope can be picked up in double strands. This requires careful removal of the slings. The following video shows you the neck technique with a simple strand.

Record as a rope puppet / backpack

The last technique that we will introduce you to is the backpack technique. The rope is picked up in the hand and then prepared so that it can be carried on the back. This technique is useful for multi-pitch climbing if, for example, after a material depot, the rope still has to be carried in rough terrain until it is effectively accessed.

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