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How To Make Your Own Rope Climb

Daniel Brady | April 19, 2013 in Equipment

I built this rope climb for $21, plus an hour of shopping and half an hour of set-up. It’s a sturdy rope climb that can be easily hung from a tree, roof beam or something similar. In this article I explain how to build it. Note: I am in Thailand, so the materials could cost more where you live.

Rope climbs are great for your back and arm muscles and having your own rope can be good practice for Army rope climbs, or the rope climb in the Spartan Race.


Simple Rope Climb Climbing a Rope


You’ll need:

  • 1x Wire Sling (I built the one above from a piece of wire rope and 2x rope fasteners)
    Wire Sling
  • 7m Thick Rope (depending on where you want to hang it)
  • 1x Large Rope Fastener (make sure that it is sufficiently tight)
    Rope Fastener
  • 1x Steel Shackle (sufficiently large to connect the rope and wire sling)
    Steel Shackle


  1. Make a loop in the end of the rope, fastening it with the rope fastener.
  2. Connect the loop in the rope with the wire sling using the shackle.
  3. Climb the tree or use a ladder to reach the roof supports of the building. Undo the shackle, put the sling around your support then reconnect the shackle.
  4. Finished: start climbing (maybe test it for a minute without climbing too high).


It’s as easy as that. The one other thing I would recommend is using Gym Gloves (Amazon) so you are not limited by your grip strength or grip pain. You want your muscles to be the main limitation.

Daniel has a strong interest in evidence supported fitness training, preparation and supplementation. His goal is to provide clear information that simply works. He's currently 16 kg of muscle above his starting weight (7kg in the past 12 months), and targeting a continued growth rate of 5kg+ per year.
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