Don't worry, with this tutorial and about 5 minutes of practice, you can have this knot mastered!
Things you will need:
- Climbing Harness
- Climbing Rope
If you are looking to learn this knot but dont have climbing gear, a belt loop and any rope will do.
Step 1: Dealing With the Rope
Now that we have some terms to work with, lets get started.
Step 2: Tying the First Figure 8
1 - Using the tail, make a loop over the rope (as shown in the first picture), keeping in mind that there should be about 3 ft. of slack on the tail end.
2 - Wrap the tail back, this time go under the anchored end. (As shown in the second picture)
3 - Bring the tail down through the first loop. (As shown in the third picture)
4 - Finally, pull the two ends to make the knot a little bit tighter and easier to deal with. (Shown in the fourth picture)
After these four steps, you should end up with a knot that resembles a "figure 8".
Step 3: Looping Into the Harness
To be even more secure, feed the tail end of the rope through leg loop and waist loop rather than the front "tie in loop".
Step 4: Following Back Through the Figure 8
1 - Coming form underneath the knot, bring the tail up through the near loop and to the left behind the anchored end of the rope. (Shown in the first picture)
2 - Wrap the tail around the anchored end back to the right, and down through the adjacent loop. (Shown in the second picture)
3 - You simply need to bring the tail back over the top of the knot to the left. (Shown in the third picture)
4 - Bring the tail end up through the far loop following the anchored end. (Shown in the fourth picture)
5 - Finally, pull the knot tight.* (Shown in the fifth picture)
As you can see, the first four pictures are simply tracing the knot back through with the tail end.
*For the last part, while you pull the knot tight, you may want to make small adjustments and rearrange how it all fits together. If the knot does not lay perfectly smooth and tight, it's NOT a big deal.
Step 5: Finishing the Knot
1 - Start by wrapping the tail end around the anchored end. (As shown in the first picture)
2 - Wrap the tail back underneath the two vertical segments. (As shown in the second picture)
3 - Simply repeat the first two steps, wrapping the tail around again. (As shown in the third picture)
4 - This step in the fourth picture may look complicated, but all you need to do is insert the tail up through the two loops that you have just made.
5 - To finish off the knot, you will want to slowly pull the tail end while gently pushing the bottom of the stopper knot upwards. If you have successfully completed this knot, it should look something like the fifth picture. Ideally, the tail would be a little shorter than what I have shown.
Step 6: Ready to Climb!
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