Rope Trap

The Rope Trap (RT) is a simple device that adds a low-profile, snag-free attachment point to the end of a rope. The RT swallows the end of a rope and grips/clamps to it when pulled. It works like a Chinese finger trap. The harder you try to pull it off, the tighter it grips. You can use it to pull a rope thru a pulley with a smaller cord. Arborist will love how easily a rope will slip over a tree branch or through a crotch. The RT can be removed from the end of the rope by pushing the opening off the rope. It slides off effortlessly.

The Rope Trap is not a load bearing device. It will not support body weight. Not for climbing.

Rope Traps come in three sizes. Small for 5-9mm diameter ropes. Regular for 9-12mm diameter ropes. Large for 12-16mm diameter ropes.


  1. Push smooth, clean rope end fully into opening of the Rope Trap.
  2. Alternate pushing the Rope Trap over the rope and stretching/smoothing/milking the Rope Trap as far onto the rope as possible.
  3. Attach to haul line. (Larks Head knots work well)
  4. Haul rope up and through pulley or over branch or whatever.
  5. Remove Rope Trap by pushing the opening off the rope.


  1. A smooth tip on the end of the rope will make the RT slide on easier. If yours is jagged, just heat it with a lighter and carefully smooth it out. Don’t burn yourself.
  2. Keep tension on both the rope and the haul line when pulling the Rope Trap through a pulley. This lessens the chance that the Rope Trap will get pushed off the rope by the pulley’s shell.
  3. Small pulleys may not be wide enough to allow the Rope Trap to pass through. Test the fit first.

WARNING: The Rope Trap is only intended to haul/pull ropes. The Rope Trap is not strong enough for life-support or rigging. Not for climbing.

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