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Garda Hitch ("Alpine Clutch")

Also known as the "Alpine Clutch", this knot locks the rope so it can only move in one direction. It can be used, for example, (in combination with other knots), to ascend the rope or as part of a pulley system for hauling loads. If done correctly it works well, however, I'm not a big fan of this knot and have never used it in a real life situation. If the knot really locks up you might need to prise it free with a nut tool. Also when experimenting with it, I've had one carabiner unclip itself. Note, oval carabiners are recommend, not those shown in the pictures below. I suggest you backup whatever you're doing with it. Judge for yourself if it is a valid option for your application. Follow these steps to tie the Garda Hitch:
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: Clip two carabiners, gates reversed, but spines aligned as pictured. Note it is recommend that you use oval carabiners rather than those pictured. Steps 2 & 3: Clip the rope through both carabiners from left to right, and form a loop with the right side tail. Step 4: Clip the loop through the left hand carabiner as pictured. Step 5: Pull tight and apply load. The knot is supposed to slip down the carabiner's spines a little. I suggest having some for of backup rather than relying totally on this knot.

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