Best Lead Climbing Knots

Lead climbing is defined as the technique used to ascend any route, and the best lead climbing knots are knots that keep you and your fellow climbers safe. Without the proper lead climbing knots, you may endanger yourself and your fellow climbers with unprotected falls, so it is best to practice these knots to get them right the first time.

  1. The Monkey's Fist. The Monkey's Fist looks and sounds complicated, but it really is not. Primarily used to throw ropes farther due to the weight of the knot, the Monkey's Fist is quick to tie and is best used in circumstances where you need to throw a rope over a ledge or up to a route setter.
  2. The Slip Knot. The Slip Knot is the knot to use during lead climbing when you want a temporary tie for equipment, a supplementary, backup tie-in to an anchor, or just a utility knot that you have to tie in a hurry. Confirming how easy it is to both tie and untie, as soon as you pull on one end, the slip knot tightens, but if you pull on the opposite end, it actually loosens.
  3. The Bowline Knot. The Bowline knot, as far as lead climbing knots go, is one of climbing's most basic knots for tying in to any climbing harness. A great advantage of a bowline knot is that it can be tied easily. Both easy to adjust and untie, it must, however, be tied with another knot called a stopper's knot in order to secure it at its loose end. If not done, the bowline knot might just untie by way of the end actually pulling through.
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