7 Things (Which Are Useful Knots) This Week [#58]

A weekly list of things I found interesting, posted on Sundays. Sometimes themed, often not.

1️⃣ Clove Hitch. Fantastic for securing the rope to a fixed point, and extra handy because it’s easily adjusted. A must-know for anchoring yourself, but also handy in day-to-day life. I use it to secure my dog with his leash. [Link - animatedknots.com]

2️⃣ Bowline. Ostensibly for boating, as the name might tell you, but good anytime you need a fixed loop at the end of a rope. I used to practice tying this one-handed in Boy Scouts and now use it for building climbing anchors. [Link - animatedknots.com]

3️⃣ Alpine Butterfly Loop. I think this knot is so neat because it lets you put a loop anywhere you want in a line of rope without disrupting its integrity or direction. [Link - animatedknots.com]

4️⃣ Munter Mule Overhand. You’ll probably only ever use this as a backup or an emergency while climbing, but it’s pretty handy to know. You can replicate a belay/rappel device using this knot, and even lock it off in case you need to perform a rescue. [Link - animatedknots.com]

5️⃣ Figure 8 Follow Through. The classic. Easy to tie and untie, and it creates a fixed loop. Most often used for tying directly into a climbing rope. [Link - animatedknots.com]

6️⃣ Klemheist. My favorite friction hitch because it’s so easy to arrange, and works almost as well as Prusik in most situations. If you need a mobile grab point in the rope, this is a good one to learn. [Link - animatedknots.com]

7️⃣ Double Alpine Butterfly Loop. I actually just found this knot tonight, but it looks handy for hooking into two anchors from one knot. And I’m a sucker for Alpine Butterflies. [Link - animatedknots.com]

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