The Tyrolean traverse – also known as the Tyrol – involves making use of a fixed-line to cross from one point to the other, usually over water. While wearing a harness, you clip onto the cable or rope to pull yourself across.
Originally, this method was used when approaching and descending from spires. Today, the Tyrolean traverse setup is used to reach detached pillars or negotiate rivers. If the cables or ropes are already set up safely, the guidelines in this article should make traversing a breeze for you.
Tyrolean Traverse Setup – Step by Step Guide
1. Take Off the Pack
Wearing a pack while attempting the Tyrol is a common rookie blunder. Pulling yourself across is much more difficult if you have heavy baggage – whether a climbing backpack or a normal hiking backpack – weighing the upper body down.
Clip the top handle of your pack to the rope using a carabiner or a quickdraw before getting on. Once you are safely clipped and safely hanging on the cable or rope, use a daisy chain or a double-length sling and clip one end to the top handle and the other to the belay loop. While pulling yourself across, you will tow the pack behind you.
2. Gear Up
A quickdraw should hold your weight while a longer sling featuring a locking binner will act as the backup. A common mistake often made by those who are new to the Tyrolean traverse setup is not clipping their body close enough to the rope.
An average quickdraw – 12cm or 15cm webbing – is the ideal length. If you are too far from the rope, the arms will overextend, giving you less movement and power with each pull. Gaining every inch will take an enormous amount of effort.
Most Tyrolean traverses will be tied around a tree or bolted into the rock. Either way, you will use a similar process. If it is possible, clip the draw to the line while you are still standing on the ground. If it does not reach, consider clipping the longer backup piece to the climbing rope first.
This way, if you slip or mess up, you can avoid tumbling into the water. Put your 2 hands firmly on the rope in the position you will be pulling from. Both hands should be stacked like you are holding a golf club or a baseball bat.
Orient your body in a way that allows you to pull head first. In a single motion, pull the upper body first off the ground and use momentum to swing 1 leg up around the fixed-line. Wrap the other leg around the rope – now you should be in a solid position with your 2 legs wrapped around the rope.
Release one hand and swiftly clip your quickdraw on the belay loop to the rope. Avoid putting twists in your webbing.
Note: If the Tyrolean traverse setup is too high off the ground such that it is hard to reach, girth-hitch a double-length sling directly to your line. Use this to step up so that you can reach the cable or rope. Once safely on the line, remove it.
4. Start Moving
Once you clip onto the rope, get comfortable in the harness so that your head’s top is facing the direction you wish to go and you aren’t swinging wildly. Use your feet to push off the anchor rock or tree to gain some momentum. Push straight out and do not push down or up. Pushing up or down can make you bounce around.
While using the forward motion, pull on the cable or rope, hand over hand. This will help you use your core muscles with every pull. You can move more efficiently and faster if you let the legs hang down off the rope.
Some Tyrols are loose and hence they sag. When using these Tyrols, you will need to pull yourself across and up, which may be too difficult to go hand over hand. In this case, you will need to pull with both hands while using the core to pull the lower body up toward the cable or rope-like you are doing sit-up exercises, and then release the core.
This is effective since it involves the whole body instead of just the arms. Repeat this and settle into a rhythm that works for you. This method generally requires a lot of effort for every movement, but when you release the core, you will get some rest.
5. Getting Off the Fixed Line
Before getting off the rope, ensure you are above a safe landing zone. Unclip the backpack (if you had one) from the harness but leave it clipped to the cable or rope. Wrap both legs around the rope and quickly unclip each tether with 1 hand.
In a controlled manner, unwrap the legs from the rope and then lower the feet to the ground. If you are short, it is always a good idea to have someone else go first so that he or she can help you down.
Q: How Do You Do a Tyrolean Traverse?
The Tyrol, which is short for the Tyrolean traverse, involves making use of a rope or cable to cross from one point to the other – this is generally over water. While wearing your harness, you clip onto the cable or rope and pull yourself across. In this article, we have outlined the steps you need to follow to complete a Tyrolean traverse successfully.
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In areas that have to be crossed over but are exposed to danger or ordinarily impassable, people are forced to use the Tyrol. Some of the places where you might find the Tyrol include deep gorges and over gushing waters.
To use the Tyrol correctly and avoid accidents, one needs to understand how to go about the Tyrolean traverse setup. You will need to use the right gear correctly to go from one end to the other. This article takes through the entire set up process.