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:
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 Survival Gear Review 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 First called "constrictor knot" in Clifford Ashley's 1944 work The Ashley Book of Knots, this knot likely dates back much further. Although Ashley seemed to imply that he had invented the constrictor knot over 25 years before publishing The Ashley Book of Knots, research indicates that he was not its originator. Ashley's publication of the knot did bring it to wider attention. 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, written under the pseudonym Tom Bowling. in relation to the clove hitch, which he illustrated and called the "builder's knot". Tying The method shown below is the most basic way to tie the knot. Variations Double constrictor knot 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 Releasing
Climbing Anchors All anchors whether they are for belaying, top roping, or rappelling should adhere to the concept of S.R.E.N.E. Strong: Good anchor systems are built off of solid components, such as a good bolt, stout tree or immobile boulder. Redundant: Anchor systems must be constructed of multiple components so that if any one component fails, the anchor will not fail. Equalized: Building an anchor system so that the load is shared by all of the components decreases the chance that any one component will fail. Using cord or webbing you can connect anchors together to equalize them and create redundancy, but also they are useful to adjust the length and position of the system so that the rope is not rubbing across the rock. Intuitively you might think that two anchor points will split the load 50/50 in an anchor system. Consider the diagram at left. When building an anchor system, how can you adjust the angle to ensure that you don't create an unsafe system?