Knots & Ropes for Climbers (Outdoor and Nature) by Duane Raleigh

By Duane Raleigh

During this easy-to-use advisor, Duane Raleigh deals directions for tying 19 primary mountaineering knots and sixteen extra adaptations and utilizing those knots properly and successfully. every one knot is thoroughly illustrated and its fundamental and secondary makes use of are defined: becoming a member of harness to rope, rope to rope, or rope to anchor belay knots runners rappel stoppers back-up and ascender knots.

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Make sure the wraps go on the carabiner's solid spine, use a locking carabiner if available, and don't let the knot twist up into itself or invert. Common Use Emergency rappel  < previous page < previous page page_51 page_52 next page > next page > Page 52 Mule Knot The Mule Knot is a friction knot that you can release while it's under load, although it can take some fiddling to do so. It's one of those special knots you'll rarely use but will praise when you do. Use the Mule Knot to tie off your belay device and free your hands, as you'll need to do when the leader has fallen and is injured, and you need both hands to facilitate a rescue.

A hitch ties a rope to an object, or another rope if that rope is stationary. Hitches are usually wrapped rather than knotted around an object. You hitch a horse to a post, a runner around a horn, a tie-off around a piton. A common climbing hitch is the Girth Hitch. When you join rope to rope or webbing to webbing, you tie a bend. Popular climbing bends are the Ring Bend and the Double Fisherman's, which is still a bend even if its name doesn't say so. Ring Bend. 61 62 Double Fisherman's knot, about to be set.

And a devious one at that. Turn your back on it and it will loosen itself and come undone. Despite its poor character, the Ring Bend is a favorite for tying webbing, as it has the redeeming qualities of being simple, clean, and easy to visually inspect. Use this knot to fashion runners and tie-offs from webbing; be sure to leave a 3-inch tail on each side of the knot. On occasion I've seen climbers use the Ring Bend to join their top ropes or rappel lines. I recommend against this; the Figure Eight Bend and Double Fisherman's are safer.

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