Introduction: How to Tie a Bowline

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The bowline is an invaluable knot for the outdoors-man. Not only can it be used for climbing, a properly tied bowline will hold under extreme circumstances, yet still be easy to undo if necessary.

Step 1: Prepare to Tie

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I prefer tying the knot around my waist, however, since I cannot do that, and take pictures, I will be using the back of a chair. I would recommend that you tie it around your waist. Begin by grabbing one end with each hand, with the rope going behind you and your arms extended.

Step 2: Tie the Knot (No Pun Intended... or Really Possible in This Context)

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This is pretty much impossible to describe, so you're going to want to pay very close attention to the images in this step.

Step 3: Afterthought

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If at first you get it wrong, keep retrying. It takes a lot of practice to master the bowline, so don't become discouraged if it's hard.

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