Rope bridge

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Rope bridge
A rope bridge in South America
A rope bridge in South America
Ancestor None - this is a foundational type
Related Inca rope bridge
Descendant Simple suspension bridge
Carries Pedestrians, livestock
Span range short
Material Grass or other rope, appropriate decking material
Movable No
Design effort low
Falsework required No

A rope bridge is a bridge constructed chiefly of rope. In its simplest form, it can be one or two ropes that bridge a river, enabling the traveller to be supported in their crossing and not be swept away. One rope above another, for feet and hands, may be referred to as a commando bridge.

More complicated rope bridges can involve the use of multiple ropes, and boards as footpaths. One of the most complex examples of a culture using these as permanent, rather than temporary crossings, is the Inca civilization.

An 1853 watercolor by Manuel María Paz shows two men crossing a rope bridge over the Igara Paraná River "made of wood and lianas".[1]


  1. ^ Paz, Manuel María. "Bridge on the Ingará River, Province of Chocó". World Digital Library. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 

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