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Animated Knots by Grog | How to Tie Knots | Fishing, Boating, Climbing, Scouting, Search and Rescue, Household, Decorative, Rope Care, Camping Knots for Wilderness Survival By Filip Tkaczyk Knowing how to tie good camping knots is an invaluable skill in wilderness survival situations. Its also a great asset when having fun in the outdoors. There are a wealth of different knots out there that you can learn to tie. Square Knot Also called a reef knot, this knot is useful for tying bandages, packages and joining shorter pieces of rope together. To begin, lay the ends of the ropes parallel and then pick up a rope in each hand. Now tie an overhand knot as you would for tying your shoe laces by putting the right end under and over the left rope end. Then tie another overhand knot, this time putting the left end under and over the right rope. Completed Square Knot Clove Hitch Like all hitches, this camping knot ties a rope to an object. To begin, bring the rope end over and under the post. Now, bring the rope end around a third time, and tuck it under the center of the X. Tighten by pulling the end and the main line apart. Bowline Related Courses:

How to Forecast Weather | Ever wondered how to forecast the weather without actually using instruments? Check the Clouds: Clouds can tell us a lot about the weather. For example, they can tell us if it’s going to be warmer on a particular night by simply being there. Check the Humidity: If you’re one of those people whose hair gets all curly when it gets really humid out, you know exactly what this is about. Check the Animals: Birds only fly in the sky when they expect fair weather ahead. Look at the Rainbow (but only in the west) and look for a Red Sky: If you see one in the west, it means a major storm front is coming. Check the Air: If it smells like a compost heap, expect some rain soon. Check the Moon: Seen any red moons lately? Check the Wind: If you can tell which way the wind is blowing, you can tell if there is a storm approaching. A Few More Ideas: Make a campfire – If the smoke goes straight up, clear skies ahead. Check the grass – if it’s wet and dewy, that means it probably won’t rain.

Thin Jamming Is that a thumbs-down or an OK sign? Steph Davis jamming Johnny Cat (5.11d), Indian Creek, Utah. By Steph Davis (from Climbing Magazine, Issue #177, June 1998) The crack above you runs forever. You reach and sink your hand up to the wrist, again and again, plugging cams at will. Unfortunately, offwidth doesn't only mean wide cracks. But before we get into that mysterious sizes, let's talk about sinker hand cracks again. Thin Hands A thin-hand jam is one thin which your hands won't go in deeply enough to get that perfect thumb-in-palm lock. In a typical splitter crack I lead with my left hand because that feels comfortable to me, but you might do the opposite. The true stabilizers in a thin-hand crack are your feet. Ratchets Ratchets are the size down from thin hands, and the next step up in difficulty. To climb pure ratchets, put both hands in thumbs down. Again, the key to success is in your feet. Ringlocks The size down from a ratchet is the dreaded ringlock. Knowledge is power.

About Alpine Ascents International Mountain Climbing and Climbing School Climbing Knots | How to Tie Climbing Knots | Animated Climbing Knots Climbing Knots Welcome to Climbing Knots These animated knots are for climbers, rescue workers, arborists, tower-climbers, and others who use rope in man-carrying applications. Select the knots from: the index above left; the pictures above; or the Climbing Usage page. Selection This selection is based on consultation with, and feedback from, many experienced climbers. Omissions The Overhand Knot and the Figure 8 Knot, which both underlie other Climbing Knots, are included in the Basics Section. Deaths Climbing, caving, etc., are challenging and dangerous. Climbing Ropes A climbing rope is typically about 60 meters, or 200 feet, long. Static ropes are more durable, more resistant to abrasion, and lack elasticity. Links Modern Alternatives Descent devices such as Brake Bar Racks and "8" rings are kinder to the Static rope and easier to manage than a Munter Hitch. Learn Your Knots: The Life They Save May Be Your Own

Constrictor knot History[edit] First called "constrictor knot" in Clifford Ashley's 1944 work The Ashley Book of Knots, this knot likely dates back much further.[5] Although Ashley seemed to imply that he had invented the constrictor knot over 25 years before publishing The Ashley Book of Knots,[1] research indicates that he was not its originator.[6] Ashley's publication of the knot did bring it to wider attention.[7] Although the description is not entirely without ambiguity, the constrictor knot is thought to have appeared under the name "gunner's knot" in the 1866 work The Book of Knots,[8][9] written under the pseudonym Tom Bowling.[10] in relation to the clove hitch, which he illustrated and called the "builder's knot". Tying[edit] The method shown below is the most basic way to tie the knot. Variations[edit] Double constrictor knot[edit] If a stronger and even more secure knot is required an extra riding turn can be added to the basic knot to form a double constrictor knot. Usage[edit] Releasing[edit]

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