Since the summer of 2020 I've been active building
a tree house, or actually a small group of tree houses
and platforms, in the forest Blodstensskogen in
The political reason is to prevent the local authorities
from cutting down the forest, which they intend to do,
so they can build houses there instead.
By now, several posts on the tree house are
instead, this one documents the climbing gear I use to
get up, move around, build, and get down.
I've spent a lot of time modifying my gear to get it
just right, it is a very pleasant game. Below is a photo
from one of all the times I worked on it, also showing
the tools and other items involved. The tape measure
indicates 1 meter.
Attached to the harness are:
Two Prusik slings (or round slings), one black, one
red-and-yellow. Used to ascend a climbing rope.
Each has two Fisherman's Knots. I use a Morakniv Rope
knife and Gorilla Tape to cut and seal the ropes.
In my experience, heat sealing isn't necessary and it
makes the tail ends look ugly.
A short cotail used to traverse walkways or whenever
I need to attach to the left.
Knots: a Figure of 8 and a Fisherman's Knot to the
harness belay loop (where the Fisherman's Knot is
there only to prevent the tail end from entering the
Figure of 8) and a Triple Fisherman's termination knot
(loop, hitch) for the carabiner.
[Note: Triple Fisherman's Knot AKA
Double Scaffold Knot.]
Length: 75 cm from the belay loop to the top of the
Rope: Dynamic climbing rope, Ø 10 mm.
A center carabiner used with one of the slings to
ascend, and the 8-piece to descend.
A long cotail used for general climbing safety, in
particular during construction. The knots are the same
as for the short cotail. Dynamic, 136 cm,
Ø 9 mm.
An 8-piece used to descend; it is attached to
the harness with a snaplink carabiner. I sprayed the
8-piece black so if I loose it, it'll be more
difficult to find.
The harness is from Simond, France.
The complete gear, including head torch and drybag,
weighs in at