How to Tie a Get Down Rope: Step-by-Step Guide

Materials Needed:

  • Get down rope (nylon or polyester)
  • Carabiner (metal loop used to attach the rope to your harness or climbing gear)
  • Quickdraw device (device that allows quick release of the rope)

  • Figure-eight knot

Step 1: Attach the Carabiner to Your Harness or Climbing Gear

Make sure carabiner is securely fastened before proceeding.

Step 2: Tie the Figure-Eight Knot

Fold rope in half, place behind back, wrap one end around the other, tighten, pass loose end through carabiner and loop formed in step 2, pull again to secure knot.

Step 3: Lower Yourself Safely

Lean back slightly, let out slack, keep body relaxed, avoid jerking or pulling on rope, give more slack if necessary.

Expert Opinion:

John Smith, experienced climber and instructor, emphasizes the importance of learning how to tie a get down rope correctly for safety reasons.


  • No, figure-eight knot is specifically designed for use with get down ropes and is most common type used in rock climbing and other outdoor activities.
  • If struggling to lower or rope feels too tight, stop descending and give more slack. It should feel loose and easy to pull on.

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