Knots No.1. Eight

Uses: The Figure Eight is important to climbers because it is the basis for tying the Figure Eight Bend (Rope Join), the Figure Eight Loop Follow Through, and the Double Figure Eight Loop. The Figure Eight itself is a quick and convenient stopper knot which can be undone fairly easily. This virtue is, unfortunately, also its vice: if used as a stopper knot, the figure of eight shakes undone far too readily.

Climbing For climbing, where safety is paramount, the Double Overhand Stopper Knot is the preferred Stopper knot.

Comparison: The Figure Eight is a better stopper knot than the simple overhand knot (right) which can bind so tightly that undoing it can be a real inconvenience.

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~ by fulopmihaly on September 24, 2008.

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