Climbing knots

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Animated Knots show you how to tie Basic Knots, Fishing Knots, Sailing Knots, Climbing Knots, Forty Knots,
Special Knots, and Advanced Knots, for Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.


Contents
Alpine Butterfly knot
Double fisherman's knot (Grapevine)
Figure eight follow-through
Figure eight on a bight
Figure eight on bend
Figure six knot
Prusik knot
Safety knot
Water knot

Here are the climbing knots for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Ventures.

Other climbing knots with animated instructions are on other pages:

Alpine Butterfly knot

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Alpine Butterfly

The Alpine Butterly Knot provides a secure loop in the middle of a line.

See The Ashley Book of Knots # 1053, p 191. Grog notes: "The Alpine Butterfly provides a secure loop in the middle of a piece of rope. Load can be safely applied: from the loop to either end of the rope; between the two ends with the loop hanging free; or, to the loop with the load spread between the two ends."

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Double fisherman's knot

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Double fisherman's knot
Grapevine knot

The Double Fisherman's Knot is a strong knot for tying two similar size ropes or lines together.

See The Ashley Book of Knots # 294, p 50. Grog notes: "The Double Fisherman's Knot consists of two double overhand knots, each tied round the other standing end."

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Figure eight on a bight

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Figure eight on a bight
Figure 8 on a bight
Figure Eight Loop

See The Ashley Book of Knots # 1047, p. 190. The Figure 8 on a Bight (Figure Eight Loop) is an easy to tie knot to put a loop at the end of a rope but can be very hard to untie. The Figure Eight Loop is also known as a Flemish Loop and is functionally the same as a Figure Eight Follow Through. Figure Eight Loop is like a Figure Eight but tied using a loop (bight) instead of a single rope.

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  • Tie a Figure Eight Knot using a loop (or bight) instead of a single rope, loop over the top. Loop under. Go down through the hole. Pull tight.
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Figure eight follow-through

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Figure eight follow-through
Figure 8 follow-through
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Grog notes: "The Figure Eight Follow Through allows the simple and reliable figure eight loop to be tied to a ring, a carabiner, or your own harness. It is easily remembered, easily visualized, and easily checked."

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  • Tie a Figure Eight as you normally would with a loop over the top. Loop under. Go down through the hole. Instead of pulling tight, loop back into the knot retracing the path of the Figure Eight. Pull tight.
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Figure eight on bend

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Figure eight on bend

See The Ashley Book of Knots # 1411, p 258. Per Ashly: "The Figure-Eight Bend...is seldom used. It is bulky and bothersome to tie..."

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Figure six knot

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Figure six knot
Figure six
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Prusik knot

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Prusik knot
Prusik

See The Ashley Book of Knots # 1763, p. 300.) The Prusik Knot attaches smaller cord or tape to a larger rope, providing a handhold or attachment point.

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Safety knot

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Safety knot
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Water knot

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Water knot

See The Ashley Book of Knots # 296, p 50. Ashly states that the Water Knot is"compact and reliable."

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Instructions
  • Tie an overhand knot loosely in one of the two ropes or straps to be joined. Thread the second rope or strap in the reverse direction following the overhand knot in the other rope or strap. Pull both tight at the same time.
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