Knowing how to tie and apply knots is very helpful in many outdoor activities including backpacking and mountaineering of all types.
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Knot is often used generically to refer to all knots including hitches and bends. Technically, a knot, when tied in a rope, will maintain its own form. Examples include the overhand knot, figure of eight knot, figure of eight loop, and an alpine butterfly.
A bend is used to join two rope ends. Examples include the double fisherman's bend, reef knot (reef bend), sheet bend, and overhand bend (water knot).
A hitch attaches a rope to an object. When a hitch is tied around an object and the object is removed, the hitch falls apart. Examples include the girth hitch and Prusik hitch.
A bight is formed by doubling back a length of the rope against itself to form a U.
A closed curve or circle of rope.
A loop around an object.
- Round Turn
Formed by two passes of the rope around an object.
- Standing End
- The long part of the rope that is not active while tying your knot.
- Working End
- The short end of the rope that you are actively using to tie your knot. It is also called the running end.