Knots and how to use them!
A knot not knotted neatly is a knot not knotted!
Knots, Hitches, and Bends
Not all “knots” are true knots. Technically, a true knot does not need to be tied around anything; it can hold its form on its own without another object such as a post, eye-bolt, or another rope to give it structure. A hitch, by contrast, must be tied around something to hold together; remove the thing it’s tied to, and a hitch falls apart. A bend is a knot used to join two rope ends.
In practice, we often use “knot” as an umbrella term to cover all these types, but the distinction is useful to know.
See also Apps for Outdoors: Knots
Featuring this month …
The Alpine Butterfly
The Alpine Butterfly knot forms a loop in the middle of a rope and is especially useful for the middle member of a rope team because it won’t deform after a pull in either direction.
See also for an alternate tying method: https://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/butterfly-knot
Knots & Knot Tying Links
- Camping Knots
- Climbing Knots
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