Climbing Knots for Beginners
Climbing Knots are tied in various situations for different purposes. As climbers trust their lives to the knots, it is therefore necessary to always keep the knots in check and learn their strengths and weaknesses. Tie the type of knot needed for a particular situation.
The Climbing Rope
is a key tool in Climbing. You will not be able to use your rope effectively if you do not know how to tie knots and what situation calls for a specific knot. These purposes and more are more than enough for beginners to learn how to tie knots commonly used in Rock Climbing. In this section, know several knots that you
should know and learn when they are used.
If you need to attach a Carabiner or any piece of gear to a loop in the rope then you need to tie a Single Loop Knot. Examples of this knot classification are Alpine Butterfly, Bowline, and Figure Eight Knots.
Double Loop Knots are usually tied for more security or if you want to have a double hold when hauling up or lowering load. A Double Alpine Butterfly is a good example of a Double Loop Knot.
To control the descent when belaying, or apply friction on the rope and your Carabiner or other piece of equipment, tie a Hitch. This is a type of knot wherein the rope is tied or looped to an object such as a Carabiner or post. You can also tie a Hitch to anchor yourself immediately without a sling. Prusik Knot, Clove Hitch, and Italian Hitch are common examples of this classification.
Meanwhile, another classification is the Stopper Knot. As the name suggests, the knots under this category are usually tied at the end of the rope to prevent it from fraying or unraveling. The Overhand, Double Overhand, and Figure Eight Knots are all part of the Stopper Knot family.
If you need a long rope but you do not have one, you can tie two ropes through Bends. The Water Knot and Fisherman's Knot are good examples of Bends.
These are the different basic knots used in Rock Climbing. Know when and how they are used and learn how to tie them. You will learn other Climbing Knots as you gain experience.
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