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Rock Climbing Knots – Learn How To Tie Climbing Knots

I have borrowed this page entirely from the ABC of Rock Climbing – for which I thank them. I could not possibly have done it so well or so succinctly…

Tying Knots is a fundamental skill in all types of Climbing. However, it does take practice. In the beginning, remembering every knot will be difficult. But take comfort, you do not need to learn all the knots right away. This section covers several knots that are used in Rock Climbing. We have easy-to-follow steps and animation for each knot so you will be able to learn how to tie knots easily.

Climbing Knots for Beginners Climbing Knots for Beginners
The Rope is a key tool in Climbing. These section discusses the different Climbing Knots for novices in the field of Rock Climbing. Know their applications and learn how to tie them.

Single Loop Knots

Alpine Butterfly Knot Alpine Butterfly Knot
The Alpine Butterfly is also considered to be one of the best and most secure Single Loop Knots that can be tied in the middle of a rope when you don’t have access to the ends.
Bowline Bowline
The Bowline has been called the “King of Knots” and it is used around the world in one form or another. Learn how and where the Bowline is used in this section.
Figure Eight Loop Figure Eight Loop
The Figure Eight Loop is generally considered to be 10-15% stronger than the basic Bowline. This loop is very easy to remember. Learn how to tie this knot with the help of our animation and easy-to-follow steps.

Double Loop Knots

Double Figure Eight Loop Double Figure Eight Loop
Also known as bunny ears, the Double Figure Eight Loop is a strong and secure knot which is tied to equalize the load on two anchors clipped to the ‘ears’.
Double Alpine Butterfly Double Alpine Butterfly
If you want to make two loops in the middle of a rope and you do not have access to the two ends of it, tie a Double Alpine Butterfly Knot. Learn how in this section.


Prusik Knot Prusik Knot
Tying a Prusik Knot will enable you to ascend a rope or haul up load. Learn how to tie this knot with the help of our animation and easy-to-follow steps.
Clove Hitch Clove Hitch
The Clove Hitch is a popular Hitch that is easy to tie, and is one of the most frequently used knots which is essential for both summer and winter climbing.
Italian Hitch Italian Hitch
The Italian Hitch is an extremely useful knot as it can be used for Belaying, Abseiling, and rigging. Learn how to tie the Italian Hitch in this section.

Stopper Knots

Overhand Knot Overhand Knot
This is a fundamental knot which forms the basis of other essential knots. It is usually tied at the end of the rope or line. Learn how to tie an Overhand Knot in this section.
Double Overhand Knot Double Overhand Knot
This knot is more preferable to be used as a stopper knot because it is harder to untie and is less likely to pull through. Learn how to tie a Double Overhand Knot with the help of our animation.
Figure Eight Knot Figure Eight Knot
If you need to learn one knot, then it should be the Figure of Eight knot. There are generally two methods to use the Figure of Eight Knot. Learn how to tie the Figure of Eight Knot in this section.


Water Knot Water Knot
The Water Knot is used for joining the ends of a webbing waistline or a sling. It is also known as Ring Bend or Tape Knot. Learn how to tie this knot in this section.
Fisherman's KnotFisherman’s Knot
The Fisherman’s Knot is usually used to tie two ropes or lines with roughly the same diameter such as Fishing Lines, hence the name. Learn more about this knot in this section.
Double Fisherman's Knot Double Fisherman’s Knot
As the name suggests, the Double Fisherman’s Knot involves tying two Fisherman’s Knots. This is commonly used to tie the ends of two ropes of different diameters.

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