Munter Hitch

This is not really a knot but a running twist in the rope that is used as a substitute for a descending device should you drop or forget to carry yours while single rope climbing. It simply provides friction by running the rope over itself and the carabiner. It is veiy effective but tends to put a lot of twists in the rope.

Butterfly Knot

This knot is used whenever a midline loop is needed. I use it primarily to form the loop in the center of a double split-tail

[Similar knots: Figure-8 on a bight] Care of Equipment

Tree climbing equipment is pretty tough stuff and you don't have to baby it but there are a few things that will help you maximize the life of your gear:

Keep it clean - the ropes and saddles can be machine washed in cold water without soap and be nearly as clean as new.

Rope wear is inevitable and you will periodically have to retire your ropes. Ropes are unsafe when any of the outside fibers are broken or frayed through.

Store ropes in a cool, dark area if possible. UV light will weaken the rope as will excessive heat, so don't carry your ropes in the back window of your car or leave them in the trunk for a minute longer than necessaiy!

Keep all of your gear away from stored gasoline and solvents.

Never let them lay for any length of time on concrete, which remains a slightly damp alkali even when "dry".

Never let them anywhere near automotive batteries, which 42

Butterfly Knot

This knot is used whenever a midline loop is needed. I use it primarily to form the loop in the center of a double split-tail

are always acidic enough to invisibly destroy a rope's strength.

Don't step on your ropes when you are using them, it drives dirt into the fibers of the rope and grinds it between the strands, wearing out the rope ahead of its time.

If metal gear, like carabiners, take a long fall onto rock or pavement, consider retiring them. They can have hairline fractures that you can't see with the naked eye.

The one piece of gear that will probably have to be replaced regularly is the leather friction protectors. Let them dry out if they get wet, but there isn't much beyond that which will prolong their life.

You should get in the habit of inspecting your gear regularly, especially the parts of the system on which you hang your bacon - the rope, saddle and carabiners.

Saddles whose stitching has begun to come loose or whose suspension loops are beginning to wear through should be repaired or replaced.

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