Bowline on a Coil – how to secure a climber to a rope.

Bowline on a Coil - how to secure a climber to a rope

Bowline on a coil The bowline on a coil is utilized to secure a climber to the end of the climbing rope.  Utilize a minimum of three wraps parallel to each other and laying between the hip bone and lower set of ribs.  All coils touch and are tight enough to ensure that a fist…

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Rappel Seat – how to create a rappel seat out of rope.

how to create a rappel seat out of rope

Rappel seat left hand brake The rappel seat is utilized to form a rope harness for rappelling and can be tied for use with the left or right hand. Leg straps do not cross and are centered on buttocks and tight.  Leg straps form locking half-hitches on rope around waist.  Square knot properly tied on…

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The ultimate guide to splices and whippings (used to splice ropes together).

Short splice step 2

It is not uncommon, especially in a wilderness survival situation where you possess limited supplies, to encounter situations where a longer length of rope is needed. Rope splices are used to splice shorter lengths of rope together to form a single, larger length of rope. Good rope splices hold tight without impacting the natural shape…

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All about hitches (knots used to tie rope to another object).

Scaffold hitch supporting a plank

Hitches Hitches are used to tie a rope to another object such as a barrel, pole, post, stake, or bundled cloth (e.g., tarp).  A hitch holds well due to the friction set up between the two surfaces of the rope being pressed together (which is why hitches with slippery rope or wire are no effective).…

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