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Rock Climbing Knots - Double Figure Eight Loop

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Also known as bunny ears, the Double Figure Eight Loop is tied to equalize the load on two anchors, each clipped to the 'ear'. This knot is considered to be strong and secure, and it is fairly easy to adjust the size of the 'ears' or loops by moving rope from one of the loops to the other. Learn how to tie the Double Figure Eight Loop with the help of our animation and steps below.

Step 1:
Fold the rope back on itself to make a bight.

Step 2:
Form a loop, with the working end underneath the standing part.

Step 3:
Bring the working end on top of the standing part.

Step 4:
Make a loop in the working end.

Step 5:
Insert the second loop to the first one.

Step 6:
Get the working end and pass it around and over the knot.

Step 7:
Pull to tighten.

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Thursday 28th February 2008 at 10:26:25 AM  

The double figure eight is a favorite of mine, I use it along with a locking biner, when I'm teaching beginners as it is less time consuming. and a very good secure knot to use.

Wednesday 9th April 2008 at 9:49:57 PM  

Firefighters use this knot to make a rescue harness for patients. The loops are made large enough to hold the patients legs. The running end is run around the patients chest with a half-hitch. Then the tail end is used to create a bowline out of the half-hitch around their chest. The patient can then be raised or lowered. It's hard to explain the chest part without seeing it.

Wednesday 9th April 2008 at 9:54:12 PM  

Mike I think you might be talking about a two loop bowline right, thats a water rescue knot.

Wednesday 2nd December 2009 at 10:18:07 PM  

Just remember; this knot is NOT redundant. If one strand breaks, there is a good chance the other will pull through!

Saturday 27th March 2010 at 12:31:03 AM  

This is a must knot & my favorite as well. using it with a lock-carabiner is less time consuming while m teaching my juniors.But otherwise i tie a double eight with the harness without a biner.

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