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bigwheel40


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Hi All,
Really new at this.... My main goal is the use ascenders (and relevant gear) to clime trees/rock walls etc to get to extreme geocache hides.

I'm a pretty big guy... 6'2, 220..... my problem is that the two harnesses that I have tried basically are too low on my body, so my center of gravity is above the harness... therefore, I have to hold on to the rope just to keep upright.

My friend who is pretty knowledgeable took care of the adjustments, but to no avail.... Any other ideas anyone?.... Is there a harness that attached higher up on the body?

Thanks all!!!
Jeffrey


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Hi All,
Really new at this.... My main goal is the use ascenders (and relevant gear) to clime trees/rock walls etc to get to extreme geocache hides.

I'm a pretty big guy... 6'2, 220..... my problem is that the two harnesses that I have tried basically are too low on my body, so my center of gravity is above the harness... therefore, I have to hold on to the rope just to keep upright.

My friend who is pretty knowledgeable took care of the adjustments, but to no avail.... Any other ideas anyone?.... Is there a harness that attached higher up on the body?

Thanks all!!!
Jeffrey
You can get a full body harness, many of those attach at the breast level. Some of them attach in the back through for industrial work. I would check out some arborist harnesses, they may attach a bit higher. While you are at it post on an arborist forum, this is more of a question for that realm.


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As has been already mentioned: full-body harness or just add a chest harness to the seat harness you've already got.


bigwheel40


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Thanks to All!!!
I really appreciate being able to come to a forum of experts.... Now I have my homework to do.

Thanks again!!
Jeff


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While full-body harness, or a combination of chest harness and sit harness could solve your problem, I think you are throwing in a towel too early.

One of my climbing partners is 6'5", and while he is significantly lighter than you (about 180lb) he has no trouble finding regular harnesses that fit him well and don't require an addition of a chest harness to keep him upright. He takes plenty of falls, and flipping upside-down has never been a problem.

So I would suggest trying other harnesses that are out there. Try every model that you can get your hands on, basically, including full-body harness, if you are so inclined. Harnesses vary quite a bit in their rise, and adjustability.

Also, you might need to go a size up in your harness. Usually there is some overlap between the sizes in terms of their waist circumference range, but a larger harness is likely to have bigger rise. So if your waist circ close to the higher limit of the current harnesses that you have been trying, definitely worth going up a size.


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some metolius harnesses may have an adjustable rise

http://www.metoliusclimbing.com/...o-fit_a_harness.html


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Thanks again all!!! I guess I am realizing that it would be great to shop at a "Brick and mortar" store where I could try some of these items on.... as well as pick up the necessary other accessories. In Western New York, I think that EMS is about the only game in town. Does anyone know if there are others in New York or North West PA where I could take a field trip to... that have a good selection.

Thanks.... learning a lot!!
Jeff


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use a short runner as an extension off your belay loop, you might also want to wear a couple slings around your shoulders/chest


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