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Tree Gear: Climbing Knot Tying Resources

Climbing is the physical activity of employing the hands and feet to scale and object that is steep. It is an activity that may be done for both recreational as well as professional reasons, such as military operations or even for basic maintenance or repair of a structure. Some of the perils of climbing include not only actually falling, but also loose rocks falling on climbers, strain injures on the body, weather extremes. Safety precautions for climbers include checking weather reports and making sure that they have all the proper and necessary safety equipment.

Climbing Equipment: A list of equipment including shoes rope carabieners and more.


Climbing Knots


The Alpine Butterfly Knot is good for tying to the middle of the rope when its ends are not free. It is thought of as one of the best and most safe single loop knots. This property of this type of knot is a distinct advantage to a climber who is working with longer ropes. Other benefits of this alpine butterfly knot include its ability to handle multi-directional loads effectively and its sense of symmetry.

The Way to Tie the Alpine Butterfly Knot: Instructions on how to tie this type of knot.

Called the “King of Knots,” the Bowline has been used since ancient times. Today, it is still used around the world in some form or another. Its purpose is to tie a fixed loop at the end of a rope. A reason for its popularity is that it is renowned for being both easy to tie as well as to untie.

Tying the Bowline Knot: Diagram on how to tie the Bowline Knot.

The Bowline on a bight is the type of knot that is utilized to equalize anchors. This is a knot that is distinguished by its making of a pair of fixed-size loops right in the middle of the rope. This method of tying features the advantage of the Bowline on a bight being very resistant to slipping. Another advantage of the Bowline on a bight is how easy it is to untie after having been strained.

Directions for the Bowline on a bight: Guidance on how to tie the Bowline on a bight Knot.

The Figure Eight Loop is thought to be about 10 percent to 15 percent tougher than the average Bowline. This type of knot is easy to remember and is formed by a loop on the bight. This kind of knot is mostly used for climbing. However, it can also be used for caving, which features rope strains that go from light to more moderate.

Figure Eight Loop Instructions: Step-by-step walkthrough on how to tie this knot.

Sometimes referred to as the Bunny Ears, the Double Figure Eight Loop is known as a safe and tough knot. Its main purpose is to be tied primarily to balance the load on two anchors that are clipped to the ears. Climbers rely on this knot due to its reputation for its ears (loops) being easy to adjust. This easy adjustment comes by way of simply moving rope from one loop to the next.

Double Figure Eight Loop Instructions: Direction on tying this type of knot in section 6.

A Double Alpine Butterfly Knot is useful if climbers seek to create two loops right in the middle of the rope, but do not have any access to its ends. The history of this knot is that it is well-regarded by climbers. They tend to depend on it to attach themselves to the middle of a rope. Once attached, there is still enough room to move around even if the main rope becomes tighter.

Tying the Double Alpine Butterfly Knot: Diagram and instructions on how to tie this knot.

The Prusik Knot has two benefits. The Prusik Knot will permit climbers to either haul up a load or to move up a rope. A friction hitch, the Prusik Knot is so versatile that it is used by arborists, climbers, mountaineers, cavers, and rope rescue personnel. In essence, it is a knot that is utilized to place a loop of cord around any rope.

Information on the Prusik Knot: Long article on the Prusik Knot.

The Clove Hitch is a popular knot that is popular due to its ease and its regular use in winter and summer climbing. It involves two opposite half hitches that are tied consecutively around one object. The clove hitch is regarded as one of the fundamental knots in the world. It shares this distinction with the Sheet Bend and the Bowline.

How to Tie a Clove Hitch: An explanation of how to tie a Clove Hitch.

The Italian Hitch, sometimes known as the Munter Hitch, is a versatile form of knot. The reason it is so versatile is due to its multi-faceted use from applications like rigging and abseiling to belaying. This hitch is solely a group of wraps that use a cord or rope around any object. This object is most of the time round, like a pipe, a carabiner, or a pole.

All About the Italian Hitch: Article that explains the Italian or Munter Hitch Knot.

The basis for many other knots, the Overhand Knot is one of the most fundamental knots. Commonly tied at the end of a line or a rope, the Overhand Knot is known for being very secure. This has a drawback, as it tends to jam severely, at times. It is recommended that it be utilized if the knot is intended to be permanent.

Instructions for the Overhand Knot: A video showing how to tie this knot.

The Double Overhand Knot is the logical extension of the more basic Overhand Knot. One additional pass is utilized to turn an Overhand Knot into a Double Overhand Knot. This kind of knot is more favored as a stopper knot because of its characteristics of being harder to pull through and less likely to be untied. The Double Overhand Knot is the basis of the Surgeon’s Knot and forms the two sides of the Double Fisherman’s Knot.

Double Overhand Knot Instructions: A brief guide on tying this kind of knot.

The Figure Eight Knot is the one type of knot that a person should learn to tie. It is commonly used in two methods, and it is very easy to untie despite having been subject to a lot of strain. Rock climbing and sailing are two activities that greatly appreciate the Figure Eight Knot. This knot is important for its ability to prevent ropes from running out of retaining objects.

Tying a Figure Eight Knot: A simple how-to regarding the Figure Eight Knot.

A frequent knot for climbing, The Water Knot is employed to attach the ends of a sling or a webbing waistline. Alternate names for it are the Tape Knot and the Ring Bend. It is tied by first creating an Overhand Knot in one end and then following through with the opposite end. The feed of the rope should be from the other direction.

Information on the Water Knot: Pithy write-up on the Water Knot.

A knot for joining two lines, the Fisherman’s Knot is a bend with a symmetrical formation that is comprised of two Overhand Knots. Each of these Overhand Knots is tied around the standing section of the other one. Commonly, this type of knot ties together two lines or ropes with approximately the same diameter as fishing lines. This is where it gets its name.

Tying a Fisherman’s Knot: A quick guide to tying the Fisherman’s Knot.

The Double Fisherman’s Knot pertains to the tying of two Fisherman’s Knots. A common use of this knot is for the tying of the ends of ropes with varying diameters. It is a knot used arboriculture, climbing, and search and rescue. This knot is utilized also for forming strong loops of cord for the connecting parts of a climber’s protection mechanism.

Explanation of the Double Fisherman’s Knot: Write-up and graphic on how to tie this kind of knot.

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