Do-It-Yourself Rope Climbing Ladders

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A do-it-yourself rope climbing ladder is made of old rock climbing rope and PVC pipe spaced about 2 feet apart, and this particular design was developed by John Bachar in the 1970s. Use a spotter when climbing a DIY rope climbing ladder with safety information from an experienced rock climber and stunt man in this free video on extreme sports.

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Hello, my name is Scott, and I'm the owner of Climb On Indoor Rock Climbing Gym, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Today, we're going to discuss do-it-yourself rope climbing ladders. The ladder that we use here in our indoor gym is called a Bachar ladder, developed by John Bachar in the 1970's to build lock off strength for rock climbing. The way that these are built; we use an old rock climbing rope and some PVC pipe. When we build it we space the PVC pipe out far enough that you've got to do a one arm pull-up to reach the next one, so as you're climbing it, as you're building it you want to make sure that you space it out about two feet from one another using knots in the rope to hold the PVC from sliding down. You want to make sure that you've got proper instruction on how to build it and how to use it, and that you've got a spotter as you do it. These rope climbing ladders go quite high and you're not harnessed in or using a rope on the way, so you want to make sure that you've got a spotter. This has been do-it-yourself rope climbing ladders. Thank you.

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