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Can I Make a Belay Loop?

Manufacturers add them only because, while few of us can grasp the real magic that locks a cam into place (the constant angle), we know from experience that teeth bite.

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I know that this may sound like a death wish, but I have an old harness without a belay loop. Can I tie my own belay loop?

Sure, and make your own seat belts while you’ve got the spool of webbing out.

Harnesses without belay loops are built that way for a reason: simplicity. What will you gain by adding a belay/rap loop — and a homemade one at that! — to your harness? If you add a loop, you add a complication and a potential failure point: Your tied loop will surely come untied as soon as you lean back over the Great Roof.

Stop dwelling on what you see as a half-empty cup and focus on what you do have: a beating heart. Instead of jury-rigging a suicide bomb, part with some cash and get a harness that has all the features you need. Yes!