This is the best friction knot for double rope climbing. It ties easily, holds well while still sliding upwards easily, yet it is easy to descend on by simply applying light, downward pressure to the top of the knot.
[Similar knots: Tautline Hitch] The Blake's Hitch is tied as follows:
Using the "bridge" (the long tail of rope above the figure-8 on a bight attached to your saddle) put four wraps over the Hauling part of the rope, wrapping up the rope.
Bring the tail of the rope over the bridge and behind the Hauling part of the rope.
Pass it up through the bottom two wraps on the opposite side of the knot from the bridge.
Dress it down and tie a backup knot in the free end. 40
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