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How to Monkey Traverse - Horizontal Rope Climbing

Learn how to monkey traverse (horizontal rope climbging) to get across long distance obstacles that you can hang off

Leaning how to monkey traverse is a useful skill to get across long distance obstacles you can hang off. It is safer than cat-walking on the bar and also works on a rope.

Practicing the horizontal rope climb is tiring if you have poor technique. Use this monkey traverse tutorial to get the most out of your energy.

How to Monkey Traverse Video

Here’s an abridged version of this post in video format for those of you that prefer to watch than read. The complete article continues below the video.

How to Monkey Traverse

Hang below the obstacle suspended by your hands and with both feet crossed over the rope. Your right hand is in front of your left hand and your left foot is in front of your right foot. 

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Your right hand and left foot are in front

Keep a slight bend in your arms and engage your core for the whole time you're are traversing. 

Move your left hand in front of your right hand.

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Move your hands first

As your left hand takes grip move your right foot in front of your left. Do not slide your feet. Lift them. This will prevent friction burns.

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Lift your feet to prevent friction burns

Ensure your feet land ahead of each other and not on top, otherwise, you will get “tangled up”.

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Lift your feet to prevent friction burns

Ensure your feet land ahead of each other and not on top, otherwise, you will get “tangled up”.

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Lift your feet to prevent friction burns

Ensure your feet land ahead of each other and not on top, otherwise, you will get “tangled up”.

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Don't get tangled up

Continue this motion. 

Horizontal Rope Climbing Conclusion

Learning the horizontal rope climb is not part of most parkour training, but it should be

It is the safest way to cross a rope without special equipment and since many people don't practice it, your enemy will be reluctant to follow.

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Article by Sam Fury

Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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