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Sat, Dec 04



Intro to Suspension Weekend Workshop

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Intro to Suspension Weekend Workshop
Intro to Suspension Weekend Workshop

Time & Location

Dec 04, 2021, 9:00 AM – Dec 05, 2021, 6:00 PM

Upline, 1 Hartford Square, New Britain, CT 06052, USA

About the Event

Join us for a weekend intro to suspension workshop with Seva, Corwin, and others from the Upline team. We will start with the fundamentals of how to put people up in the air, learn a suitable chest and hip harness, and progress to doing a few different kinds of suspensions. By the end of the workshop you will have a solid understanding of how to perform a basic suspension, as well as an idea of where to take your rope journey next.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is aimed at people who are new to suspension, but are familiar with fundamentals of floor work. If you are able to tie a Somerville bowline single column and have learned at least one chest harness in the past, you will find this workshop to be a natural stepping stone. Additionally, your instructors believe wholeheartedly that bottoming education is equally as important and as such will be devoting sections of the workshop to learning about suspension from the bottom's perspective.

How much does it cost?

The cost is $200 per tying pair. If you are very interested in taking the class, but financially unable to pay the fee, please get in touch with us to see if help is available.

What skills are required?

In order to get the most out of the workshop, you should know how to proficiently and quickly tie the Somerville bowline. You should also be able to do a basic chest harness, and understand the concept of tension.

Workshop Schedule

The class will happen over two days:

Day 1

9am-9:30am - Meet and Greet and Coffee

9:30am - Workshop starts

1pm-2pm - Lunch break (food will be delivered)

2pm-6pm - Workshop

On the first day we will cover:

  • Safety and risk in suspensions
  • Rope selection and care
  • Physics of uplines
  • Upline management and tie-off techniques
  • Suspendable chest and thigh harness

Day 2

9:30am-10am - Coffee and coffee and coffee

10am - Workshop starts

1pm-2pm - Lunch break (food will be delivered)

2pm-6pm - Workshop

The second day will include:

  • A partial suspension
  • Several full suspensions
  • Discussion of transitions
  • Bottoming for rope suspensions

Required class materials

In order to participate in this class you will need the following:

  • A willing partner. We will do our best to facilitate partner match ups ahead of time, but due to the inherent risks in suspension, we ask that you do all your negotiation ahead of time.
  • 8-10 hanks of 7-8 meter rope suitable for suspension. This includes jute, hemp, MFP, nylon, and several types of bamboo silk rope.
  • 4-5 large weight-rated climbing carabiners. While many different kinds exist, Corwin swears by Black Diamond's RockLock Twistlocks. If you are buying new equipment, be sure to check the UIAA Certified Equipment Database ( to ensure your equipment is safe.
  • Trauma shears.
  • (optional) A weight rated 36-48 inch climbing strap. If you are vertically challenged, this will be of great help.

We will NOT have loaner rope or other equipment for the workshop. If you are unsure whether a part of your rope kit is suitable for suspension, feel free to reach out to @GoodSirCorwin on FetLife or at with any questions.


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