How to Tie a Double Overhand Knot for Climbing
Need to know how to tie a double overhand knot for climbing? A double overhand knot is frequently used two ways: as a stopper knot for providing extra security with other knots and as the beginning of other knots such as the double fisherman's knot. As a stopper knot, it is great when there is a chance or concern that the other knot might slip or come untied when it is under strain. There are several kinds of knots that are used as stopper knots but the double overhand knot is easy to tie and durable.
Things you'll need:
- Take the working end of the rope.
- Make a loop by wrapping the end of the rope around itself.
- Wrap the end around a second time in the same direction.
- Bring the end around to the front to complete the second wrap.
- Tuck the end through both loops and pull through on the opposite end. Make sure you are tucking the end through on the same side that you completed the second wrap.
- Pull to tighten.
Here is another version of how to tie a double overhand knot.
- Make a loop in the rope and bring the end through as if tying your shoes.
- Wrap the end around again and pull tight.
Tips & Warnings:
- The first version described here is the preferred way for both neatness and security. The second version requires that both ends of the rope be twisted while tightening to make sure the knot is formed neatly.
- You can always add a double overhand knot as a stopper knot for extra security whenever you feel a knot or rope might slip or come untied.