Hauling Harness

A hauling shaft would normally be used to enable more control, if the terrain includes significant up and down stretches. Ropes would  normally only be used in relatively flat areas – for example through pack ice. Either might be used for long ice-cap journeys – South Pole.

Waist harnesses are recommended for use only with loads below around 20 Kgs. Above that, full harnesses are recommended.

For easy identification, combined shaft/rope harnesses are packed in red bags, rope-only harnesses in black.

Shaft hauling

Full harness

dual density foam, hardwearing 500 denier polyester fabric cover
adjustable shoulder, chest and back straps
attachment points for both shaft and ropes
weight medium harness, out of bag – 528 grms (1 lb 3 ozs)

Full shaft web P1020408

Waist harness

dual density foam, hardwearing 500 denier polyester fabric cover
attachment points for both shaft and ropes
weight medium harness out of bag – 336 grms (12ozs)

Waist shaft HR P1020411

Shaft/rope harness
The hauling shaft fits over an 8 mm stainless steel pin fitted through the white acetal plate, and is held in place by an R-clip. The belt also has a stainless steel welded ring, 30 mm internal diameter, useful when training using a rope, and if a shaft is no longer appropriate or has been damaged.

Full shaft web CU P1020421

Rope hauling

Full harness

dual density foam, hardwearing 500 denier polyester fabric cover
adjustable shoulder, chest and back straps
attachment points only for ropes
weight medium harness, out of bag – 444 grms (1 lb)

Full rope web P1020413

Waist harness

dual density foam, hardwearing 500 denier polyester fabric cover
attachment points only for ropes
weight medium harness – 260 grms (9 ozs)

Waist rope web P1020419

Rope only
When the intention is to only use ropes, full size karabiners on the ends of the ropes can be clipped into the rings. Rings are provided on both styles of harness.

Full rope web CU P1020423

Size and Sizing                                  Download size information as pdf

We hope the following measurements will help you to achieve the correct size of harness first time.

In use, there will be tension on the hauling attachment points, tending to pull the harness belt down from around your waist; it will usually end up closer to the top of your hips, and it may well be more comfortable there.

Using a fabric tape measure, measure the length around your body at the top level of your hip bone. This should be done if possible wearing your expedition clothing, without any tension in the tape – not slack but not tight either. If not possible with expedition clothing, make allowance for this, possibly by putting on equivalent layers. And see note 1 below.

The black harness waist webbing (NOT the red belt), for each harness size, should be of sufficient maximum length to go around your body at the top of the hips, allowing sufficient to grab hold of (maybe around 10 cms – not allowed for in buckle to buckle measurement below) to pull it tight through the buckle.

CmsInchesMaximum buckle to buckle
length around waist.
Order size
71 - 7828 - 3195cmsextra small
78 - 8631 - 34110 cmssmall
86 - 9634 - 38115 cmsmedium
96 - 10738 - 43120cmslarge
109 +43 +135 cmsextra large

In use, you may find it more comfortable to loosen the waist belt. However, you can only do this with a full harness, as a waist-only harness would fall down!

see also Workbook for Harnesses)