A Tying the Knot

STEP 1. Tie an overhand knot in one of the ends.

STEP 2. Feed the other end back through the knot, following the path of the first rope in reverse.

STEP 3. Draw tight and pull all of the slack out of the knot. The remaining tails must extend at least 4 inches beyond the knot in both directions.

Figure 4-10. Water knot.

b. Checkpoints.

(1) There are two overhand knots, one retracing the other.

(2) There is no slack in the knot, and the working ends come out of the knot in opposite directions.

(3) There is a minimum 4-inch pigtail.

4-12. BOWLINE

The bowline is used to tie the end of a rope around an anchor. It may also be used to tie a single fixed loop in the end of a rope (Figure 4-11, page 4-14). It is an anchor knot. a. Tying the Knot.

STEP 1. Bring the working end of the rope around the anchor, from right to left

(as the climber faces the anchor). STEP 2. Form an overhand loop in the standing part of the rope (on the climber's right) toward the anchor. STEP 3. Reach through the loop and pull up a bight.

STEP 4. Place the working end of the rope (on the climber's left) through the bight, and bring it back onto itself. Now dress the knot down. STEP 5. Form an overhand knot with the tail from the bight.

Figure 4-11. Bowline knot.

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