/ Scary creaking noise in Harness/Rope...should I be afraid?
Can't deny it freaks me right out, feels like it's gonna snap.
Its probably the knot tightening
> Can't deny it freaks me right out, feels like it's gonna snap.
> Any ideas?
If you're quite new and unsure what to look for, ask someone at a wall to check your gear over for you. Very unlikely there's anything wrong with it unless you've abused it, but for peace of mind, I'm sure someone would be happy to run an eye over it.
If all the stitiching on the harness looks sound, and it's a new harness, I'm sure it's fine.
As someone else said, it's probably the knot tightening or more of the stretch being taken up in your rope. Remember, it's a dynamic rope so it's meant to stretch!!!
Sometimes get this in slightly older ropes, where i think it is the inner core slipping inside the sheath. I guess if it's a cheap rope then that might be it? As nearly all the more expensive ropes now are vibration welded (I can't remember the proper name) to make it so that there is no sheath slippage.
ps.chalk doesnt harm a rope.
> Its probably the knot tightening
They do that, it's not unusual. New gear is very unlikely to fail in normal use.
Ditto; stitches and webbing creak, as do rope fibres moving against each other. All normal.
A tearing sound, on the other hand, is usually indicative of imminent disaster
Thanks everyone, I first noticed this when I was about 15m up the climbing wall (yikes); I'll get High Sports (Plymouth) to check the gear but it sounds like me being a fraidycat :)
Maybe but at least a sensible fraidycat :-)
With me it's my 'balloon knot' making the noises...
Agree with that, seems to be more noticeable with fig 8 than bowline, probably because there's more to tighten.
Seeing/hearing the knot tightening freaked me right out at the begining. You could try a few clip drops/just hanging in your harness lower down to get some faith in your gear, worked for me.
It's very rare for a harness or a rope to break or fail. I wouldn't worry, as they are brand new I'm sure you would be able to replace them under guarantee if either break.
> It's very rare for a harness or a rope to break or fail. I'm sure you would be able to replace them under guarantee if either break.
erm, am I the only one who spots a flaw in that?
> erm, am I the only one who spots a flaw in that?
or possibly splat the floor with that!!
Thanks for the advice everyone; I do think I need to take a few 'practise falls' to get some confidence but my climbing partner pushes too fast to the next thing and right now we're climbing a massive overhang and I don't fancy practising falling off of that!!
> Thanks for the advice everyone; I do think I need to take a few 'practise falls' to get some confidence but my climbing partner pushes too fast to the next thing and right now we're climbing a massive overhang and I don't fancy practising falling off of that!!
Actually although psychologically scary it's a lot safer to fall from an overhang than from vertical or under because the risk of colliding with the rock/wall/holds below are eliminated.
That's the best place to do it! Just make sure your belayer is briefed and simply locks you off (don't TAKE!!!). You'll drop gently into space with no fuss.
It sounds counter- intuitive but having a reasonable loop of slack out softens a fall a huge amount. If the rope is tight you can swing in quite violently.
Exactly. Make sure you're reasonably high and that there isn't a huge pile of slack out before you let go but you definitely do not want a tight rope, or the belayer pulling in slack as you fall. Doing so whips you into the wall with enough force to break ankles.
I often ask for a little slack once I know a fall is coming on steep ground, partly as a warning to my belayer (who knows what I mean) and partly because it means I fall clear away from the wall.
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