Brandon from http://www.eliteswiftwater.com very kindly contacted us after our last article on knots with the suggestion that we go to their site and have a look at some examples of knots and how to tie them. As you know, this is a subject dear to our hearts so I winged it over there and had a look.
I recommend that you do too – or follow the link below for a guide as to how to do a friction hitch.
Follow this link for how to tie a Munter Hitch:
here’s another for how to pad an anchor for water and rope rescue:
and finally, the Figure of 8 family again, but this time we will show you the 3 variations:
While you’re about it, and by this time you would have been cruising around the ELITE Swiftwater site a bit, you should take a closer look at it.
We all love our extreme sports, but it is an idea to take time to think about “what happens if, god forbid, something goes wrong?”
The ELITE Swiftwater institute is based in West Virginia along the New River Gorge and offers an ideal environment and extreme “classroom” for training courses to prepare rescuers for the mental and physical challenges inherent to water and rope rescues of this nature. With several world-class rivers and miles of cliff-band, the Gorge is a premiere location for flood simulation as well as high angle rope training.
Their website aims to serve as an indispensable part of your ongoing training by providing you with up-to-date and valuable information that you can put to use.
They are also developing a leading edge informational forum for all topics related to swiftwater rescue training and water and rope rescue.
Quite a useful place for our readers to browse around I think.