All the climbing knots and hitches you need to know

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How to tie a Figure 8 knot

The most important knot of all. The figure-of-8 knot. This is the knot used by climbers to tie-in to the climbing rope. The best way to get this right is to pick a method and stick to it. Know how it looks like when it’s done so you can check if you had done it correctly.

How to tie a Water knot

A water knot is used for joining 2 pieces of webbing for setting up anchors or to form a sling. It is important to know this knot if you are doing multi-pitch climbing and needs to build and anchor with it.

How to tie a Butterfly knot

The Butterfly knot or also known as the Alpine butterfly. This is a very useful knot to tie when you have a climber in the middle of the rope especially when doing multi-pitch climbing with more than 2 climbers in the team.

How to tie a Figure 8 bend

This is a figure 8 knot to join 2 rope ends together.

How to tie an Autoblock knot

The Autoblock is a friction hitch used to back up an abseil. It is important to set up to ensure the climber doesn’t fall if his hands are off the brake rope when abseiling.

How to tie a Barrel knot

The barrel knot can be used as a stopper knot to close the system for belaying and abseiling to prevent the rope from feeding through the belay device.

How to tie a Bowline knot

The bowline can be used as a tie-in knot instead of the conventional figure 8 knot. It is easy to untie after taking a fall. But, the bowline is not commonly used and it is not easy to check if the knot is done correctly. It may not be suitable for those who are new to climbing.

How to tie a Double Fisherman’s knot

The Fisherman’s knot is a secure way to join ropes together or to form a cord into a loop. This is the go-to knot for joining 2 ends of a Cordelette.

How to tie a Figure 8 knot on a bight

Figure 8 knot on a bight is a great knot for anchor building to form a loop in the middle of the rope.

How to tie a Girth-hitch

The Girth-hitch is a quick and easy way to connect a loop to a fixpoint. This is the most commonly know to secure your personal anchor system to your harness.

How to tie a Klemheist knot

Klemheist is a fiction hitch with a uni-directional downward pull. It is a suitable hitch used for ascending a rope.

How to tie a Clove hitch

A clove hitch is a very useful hitch to help secure a climber to an anchor. You do not need any device or personal anchor system to secure yourself to the anchor. All you need is to tie a clove hitch using your climbing rope to the carabiner at the anchor and you are done. You can also adjust the length of the rope to the anchor as you see fit.

How to tie a Munter hitch

The Munter hitch is a very useful hitch use for abseiling or belaying if you lose your belay device. This can be a life-saving knot in situations where you have no belay device with you. It allows you to lower yourself and belay a climber.

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