8 Knots to Know

Looking to start getting into the sport of climbing? Get started on your knot knowledge with this introductory list of knots and knot instructions:

1. Figure Eight Knot - Maybe one of the most common knots to know is the figure eight knot. This knot is used to attach a climber’s harness to a rope and alongside a belayer, keeps the climber off the ground.

2. Double Fisherman’s Knot - This knot is used to connect two ends of rope or cordelette. Add another rotation and you got yourself a triple fisherman’s.

3. Bowline on a Bite Knot - Great for building anchor systems, the bowline on a bite lets you put separate tension on two side of your rope.

4. Munter Hitch - Need to belay someone but don’t have a belay device? Throw the Munter hitch on a carabiner and you have a fully-functional way to belay.

5. Munter Mule/Tie Off - Great in emergency situations, the throwing the mule on your Munter hitch allows you to go hands-free and hold your climber. Know how to use this responsibly and it could save a life.

6. Clove Hitch - Simple to tie, easy to use, the clove hitch is a useful friction knot to attach one end of the rope to the middle of another. It also functions great as a way to make a leash or tether for yourself as your standing on top of the crag.

7. Prusik Knot - Another great friction knot. This knot has a versatile application whether your using it to back-up your rappel or make an emergency ascension, and no matter how you use it, you’ll be glad you know how to tie it.

8. Alpine Butterfly Knot - Great for making a chain gang of belayers or connecting yourself to anchored rope, the alpine butterfly can keep your climber off the ground or your body on the mountain.

Keep in mind that climbing is a dangerous activity, and even if you have perfected the tying of these knots, the application is where it counts. Do your research, find someone to show you the ropes, and go find out why climbing is one of the most rewarding sports out there.