Rock Climbing Knots

Climbers and many other athletes who participate in extreme sports need to have the ability to tie knots correctly. The rock climbing knots that are done incorrectly have the potential to result in an unprotected fall. The following is a list of some of the rock climbing knots that are regularly employed.

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Figure-8 Knot

Figure-8 Knot Sport climbers make frequent use of this technique to fasten the rope to the harness. There are two different techniques for tying the figure 8 knot. The procedures you follow to tie the knot are determined by the function you want it to serve.

If you want to immediately attach the rope to the harness, you have to feed it through the loop in the harness first. If you require the rope to be connected to a carabiner, you can knot it using a different method than the one described above.

Stopper Knot

One alternative name for the Stopper Knot is the double overhand knot. This knot is tied at the very end of the climbing rope, and its purpose is to prevent the end of the rope from pulling through the belay or rappel gear. Additionally, it is utilized in conjunction with other knots to stop the loose end from pulling through and untying the knot. The figure-8 and bowline knots should both have a stopper knot placed at their last point of contact.

The Monkey’s Fist

The Monkey’s Fist knot is tied at the end of a rope to give it more weight so that it may be hurled. Because of this, it is now possible to toss a rope an incredible distance, which was not possible before. The knot may be tied in a breeze or in very little time. When climbing, you may find yourself in a scenario where you need to heave a rope… over a ledge, over bushes, up to a route setter, etc. This knot is useful in those instances.

Tie a Slip Knot

Tie a Slip Knot It is not difficult to tie a slip knot. This style of climbing knot is employed as a short-term attachment for climbing gear, a secondary backup attachment to an anchor, or a rapid utility knot. When one end of the rope is tugged, the knot “slips” into place, making it more secure.

The knot will untie itself when the opposite end of the rope is dragged on. The slip knot is helpful not only because it is simple to tie. But also because, when done properly, it pulls the anchor tighter.

Overhand Knot

The Overhand Knot, Multiple Overhand Knots, and Double Overhand Knots Most of the time, they are used as stoppers at the end of climbing ropes, but they can also be found at the start of other knots, like the fisherman’s knot.

Fisherman’s Knot

A bend with a symmetrical construction, the fisherman’s knot is comprised of two overhand knots, one of which is tied around the standing half of the other. There are a few variations on the name of the fisherman’s knot, including the angler’s knot, the English knot, the halibut knot, and the waterman’s knot.

Double Fisherman’s Knot

One example of a bend is the double fisherman’s knot or the grapevine knot. The most common forms of this knot used in climbing, arboriculture, and search and rescue are the double fisherman’s knot and the triple fisherman’s knot. The knot is created by tying a double overhand knot in the form of a strangle knot, with each end going around the standing section of the opposing line.

Prusik Knot

To ascend a climbing rope using another rope, the Prusik Knot must first be utilized.

Bowline Knot

One of the two most popular knots used for tying into the climbing harness is called the bowline. The fact that this knot can be performed with just one hand makes learning how to tie a bowline an appealing skill to acquire. It is simple to change, as well as simple to undo.

Take note of the trailing end in the image; to prevent it from unraveling, a stopper knot has to be made around it. If this loose end is not secured with a stopper, it has the potential to pull through. It would result in the knot becoming untied.

Carrick Bend

The two ropes that are being connected are tied together using this knot. It has a simple structure.

Water Knot

The water knot is sometimes referred to as the tape knot, which derives from its frequent application in rock climbing to secure two runners together to form a sling. It also functions as a knot, allowing two ropes to be joined together.

Granny Knot

Taking the linked sum of two trefoil knots of the same kind results in the formation of a composite knot known as the granny knot. It is quite similar to the square knot, which may also be referred to as a linked sum of two trefoils. This knot was named for its square shape.

Square Knot

A square knot can be used to tie together two ropes of the same diameter. When we first learn to tie a knot with our shoelaces, it will be this one. It is extremely unreliable, despite having the appearance of a bow. It only has a breaking strength that is equivalent to 45% of the line’s strength.


The durability of the climbing knot is one of its most important elements. The strength of the knot has a direct bearing on the amount of weight that the rope can support. Your proficiency in tying knots will affect the breaking strength of a rope and add to your protection while climbing.

The Monkey’s Fist knot is tied at the end of a rope to give it more weight so that it may be hurled. Slip knots are employed as short-term attachments for climbing gear or as backup attachments to an anchor.

One of the most popular knots used for tying into the climbing harness is called the bowline. The Prusik Knot is created by tying a double overhand knot in the form of a strangle knot. The water knot is also called the tape knot, which comes from the fact that it is often used in rock climbing.

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