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Clove Hitch

This knot is useful in belay set ups among other things, because it's fairly easy to adjust, unlike, for example a figure eight. With a bit of practise it can be tied one handed. Follow these steps:
Step 1 (Click To Enlarge)Step 2 (Click To Enlarge)Step 3 (Click To Enlarge)
Step 4 (Click To Enlarge)Step 5 (Click To Enlarge)
Step 1: Form a loop in the rope. Step 2: Form a second loop in the opposite direction to the first. Click the image above for a closer look. Some people do this by crossing their hands over (like an X), grabbing the rope in each hand and then drawing two loops whilst uncrossing hands again. Step 3: Place the second loop over the first. Step 4: Clip a carabiner through the loops. Step 5: Pull tight.


Further Reading:
Clove Hitch - From Petzl's web site.
Clove Hitch - From the University of New England Mountaineering Club.
Clove Hitch - From Rock & Ice Magazine Online.
Clove Hitch One Handed - How to tie the clove hitch with only one hand, from Karl Lew's web site.


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