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Rock Climbing Knots - Learn How To Tie Climbing Knots

Tying Knots is a fundamental skill in all types of Climbing. However, it does take practice. In the beginning, remembering every knot will be difficult. But take comfort, you do not need to learn all the knots right away. This section covers several knots that are used in Rock Climbing. We have easy-to-follow steps and animation for each knot so you will be able to learn how to tie knots easily.


Climbing Knots for Beginners

Ropes are the key tools in climbing. These section discusses the different Climbing Knots for novices in the field of Rock Climbing. Know their applications and learn how to tie them.

Single Loop Knots

Alpine Butterfly Knot

The Alpine Butterfly is also considered to be one of the best and most secure Single Loop Knots that can be tied in the middle of a rope when you don't have access to the ends.


The Bowline has been called the "King of Knots" and it is used around the world in one form or another. Learn how and where the Bowline is used in this section.

Figure Eight Loop

The Figure Eight Loop is generally considered to be 10-15% stronger than the basic Bowline. This loop is very easy to remember. Learn how to tie this knot with the help of our animation and easy-to-follow steps.

Double Loop Knots

Double Figure Eight Loop

Also known as bunny ears, the Double Figure Eight Loop is a strong and secure knot which is tied to equalize the load on two anchors clipped to the 'ears'.

Double Alpine Butterfly

If you want to make two loops in the middle of a rope and you do not have access to the two ends of it, tie a Double Alpine Butterfly Knot. Learn how in this section.


Prusik Knot

Tying a Prusik Knot will enable you to ascend a rope or haul up load. Learn how to tie this knot with the help of our animation and easy-to-follow steps.

Clove Hitch

The clove hitch knot is popular because it is easy to do. It is one of the most frequently used knots which is essential for both summer and winter climbing.

Italian Hitch

The Italian Hitch is an extremely useful knot as it can be used for Belaying, Abseiling, and rigging. Learn how to tie the Italian Hitch in this section.

Stopper Knots

Overhand Knot

This is a fundamental knot which forms the basis of other essential knots. It is usually tied at the end of the rope or line. Learn how to tie an Overhand Knot in this section.

Double Overhand Knot

This knot is more preferable to be used as a stopper knot because it is harder to untie and is less likely to pull through. Learn how to tie a Double Overhand Knot with the help of our animation.

Figure Eight Knot

If you need to learn one knot, then it should be the Figure of Eight knot. There are generally two methods to use the Figure of Eight Knot. Learn how to tie the Figure of Eight Knot in this section.

Water Knot

The Water Knot is used for joining the ends of a webbing waistline or a sling. It is also known as Ring Bend or Tape Knot. Learn how to tie this knot in this section.

Fisherman's Knot

The Fisherman's Knot is usually used to tie two ropes or lines with roughly the same diameter such as Fishing Lines, hence the name. Learn more about this knot in this section.

Double Fisherman's Knot

As the name suggests, the Double Fisherman's Knot involves tying two Fisherman's Knots. This is commonly used to tie the ends of two ropes of different diameters.

If you are an advanced climber, you might want to learn about alternatives for certain types of knots. Learning more knots will allow you to possess alternative techniques you can use as and when required. When is it better to use the Figure Eight Knot rather than the Clove Hitch in creating a belay? Which is the best to use when tying two ropes together to abseil off and why?

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