Suspension Bondage Is Dangerous

We love suspension bondage and we’re excited to share it with you. We want to be very clear, however, about the risks involved.

1. Suspension bondage involves unavoidable risk. Like rock climbing, suspension is a risky activity. Good preparation and training can reduce your risk, but even if you do everything right there is still a chance that you may be injured or killed, or that you may injure or kill another person.

2. We don’t have all the answers. Unlike rock climbing, suspension bondage has no professional standards bodies and no expert consensus about best practices. This book is based on years of study, practice, and consultation with outside experts. Nonetheless, you should be aware that suspension is still a developing field, and our understanding of the best way to do things is still evolving.

3. You can’t learn suspension from a book. The only safe way to learn suspension is to work with a qualified instructor or mentor. This book is a valuable adjunct to expert instruction, but not a substitute for it. Without a skilled teacher to guide and evaluate you, you cannot learn suspension without placing your partner in tremendous danger.

4. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Suspension is fun and exciting, and you will likely be tempted to rush ahead and try activities that you aren’t yet ready for. We can’t stress enough the importance of proceeding slowly and methodically, and always working within your skill level.

5. Always use good judgment. Your best defense against mishap is your own common sense and good judgment. Always be mindful of what you’re doing, and err on the side of caution.

Your partner is placing tremendous faith in your competence and judgment. If you are careless or overly ambitious, they are likely to pay a heavy price for your foolishness. Make sure that you are worthy of their trust.

Suspended Animation accepts no responsibility for any injury or death which may occur as a result of the activities described in this book. By reading this book, you agree to take full responsibility for your actions and their consequences.


Munter Hitch

ABOK 1818

The Munter hitch is extensively used in climbing for adding friction to a belay system. We find it useful for tying off a single line (for example, when finishing a fan).

The Munter itself only creates friction: for a full tie off, you’ll need to use the Munter Mule or something similar.

If the Munter doesn’t give you enough friction, consider using the Super Munter.

Use this knot for:

  • Tying off a single line.
  • Creating friction when lowering a limb.

Tying the Munter hitch


Pass the working end through the carabiner, traveling from front to back. Bring it down and cross it over the standing end.


Bring the working end through the carabiner again, this time traveling from back to front.


Snug the knot into shape.

The Munter Mule

It’s possible to tie off a Munter in any number of ways. The Munter Mule is a particularly secure technique that’s popular among climbers.


Make a twist in the working end so that it crosses under itself and then under the standing end.


Make a bight in the working end and pass it through the twist that you made in step 1.


Snug the knot tight.