How to Tie a Bowline Knot for Climbing
Learning how to tie a bowline for climbing will teach you the fundamental knot for climbers. Although there are several knots, the bowline knot is one of the most common knots. Bowline knots are popular because they are easy knots to learn. Learning to tie a bowline will also open the door to understanding other climber knots. Keep in mind that the bowline knot is not the safest basic knot for climbing but a good stepping stone to grow with. The bowline knot is a great knot for beginning climbers since they will be (or should not be) experiencing great levels of stress on their knots. Check out these easy to follow instructions for tying a bowline knot and you are on your way.
What you will need:
- Climber’s rope
How to tie a bowline knot:
- At one end of the rope, create a small loop (called the rabbit hole) by looping the rope over itself. Take the other end of the rope and pass it through the rabbit hole. Place the rope underneath the back end and then over the top of the front end of the rabbit hole.
- Line the two ends of the rope with each other. Now pull the rope you passed through the rabbit hole up and behind the end of the side of the rope used to make the rabbit hole. Pull the rope far enough to allow it to come back under then over the rabbit hole.
- Pull the rope back through the rabbit hole. Place the rope over the rabbit hole and then under it at the back end of the rope. Pull the rope tight and you should end up with a loop at the end of your rope. This is a bowline.