How to make climbing rope leashes

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How to make climbing rope leashes
Your canine pal will benefit from your old climbing gear. (Lew Robertson/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If you've taken a trip to a mountain resort you may have seen dogs being led on climbing rope leashes. These high-country pooches get walked on old climbing ropes by their climbing owners. Make a climbing rope leash of your own if you have a proclivity for rock climbing and dogs. Recycle your old climbing rope and make a leash for your four-legged friend. Walk the dog around town so people will think your pup is a mountain stud with his climbing rope leash.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Discarded nylon climbing rope
  • Carabiner(s)
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Lighter

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  1. 1

    Measure out a 7 to 8 foot piece of rope and cut it off the main line.

  2. 2

    Hold the cut ends at the lighter flame to melt the nylon fibres. This prevents fraying.

  3. 3

    Tie a small double-figure eight knot at one end of the rope (see "Resources"). Slip the carabiner --- the metal D-clip with a hinged gate --- into the knot's loop.

  4. 4

    Tie a double figure-eight knot at the opposite end where the loop is big enough for your hand to use as a handle for the leash.

  5. 5

    Clip the carabiner onto the dog's collar loops.

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