How To Tie Double Figure 8 Knot
Do you want to know how to tie a double figure eight knot? The double figure eight knot--or figure eight follow-through knot--is the one knot you need to know to attach yourself to a protected climbing line. The steps to tie it are quite simple; however, you should practice it several times to memorize the steps and make it come mechanically.
What you need to tie a double figure eight knot:
- A rope. For practice purposes. Five-feet will be enough.
- A harness. Again, for practice only. You can do with a belt or any loop on your pants.
- Form a single figure eight three-feet away from the end of the rope. The figure eight can be formed by taking a bite on the rope and raising it vertically. Then twist the rope a whole turn clockwise and make the end of the rope go through the gate.
- Feed the loose end of the rope through your harness' belay loop until the figure eight is two-inches away from the harness.
- Re-thread the figure eight with the loose end of the rope starting from the side closer to you. Both lines must describe the same trajectory: parallel.
- Tighten the knot. If there's a section of rope remaining, you can tie a stopper knot with it.
Remember to build yourself a routine for tying this knot. However simple it may seem, it is absolutely critical when climbing, so make sure you tie the knot right.