Useful Rock Climbing Knots
Knowing how to tie useful rock climbing knots is an important skill needed for rock climbing. When you first start, tying a knot will be difficult, but once you get the hang of it, it will start to become easier. Below are a few knots that will be useful for rock climbing.
You will need:
- Alpine Butterfly Knot. Form a loop by twisting the rope. Then form another loop by twisting the loop you've just made. If done correctly, the loop should look like a number 8. Bring the second loop down and under the rope. Then put the second loop through the first one. After this is done, pull both ends of the rope in opposite directions, making the knot.
- Double Figure Eight Loop. Make a bight by folding the rope onto itself. Form a loop, making sure the working end--the right part of the rope, is under the standing part--the left part of the rope. Then bring the working end on top of the standing part. Make a loop into the working end and insert the second loop into it. Grab the working end and put it around and over the knot. Then pull and tighten. Your knot should now be complete.
- Overhand Knot. This knot is the simplest rock climbing knot to make. It's also the easiest to make. Make a loop by putting the working end on top of the standing part. Put the working end through the loop. Remember that the working end is the right side of the rope and the standing part is the left. Pull both ends and tighten.
- Water Knot. Get two ropes and tie an overhead knot with the first one. Do the same thing with the second rope. Follow the first rope with the second rope. Once done, complete the knot. Pull to tighten. If done correctly, the water knot should look like two overhand knots put together. If it doesn't look like that, try the knot again.