How to Tie a Bowline




Introduction: How to Tie a Bowline

The bowline is a knot that will create a loop of rope that will not slip. It is often used in rescues to haul up victims from a pit or crevasse. And now you’re going to learn how to tie it. BUT YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING RESCUE TRAINING. Do not use this knot to lift a person, as a climbing harness, or any situation where lives depend on the integrity of the knot.

Step 1: Select Your Rope

Take about 2 feet of rope. WARNING: WHEN SELECTING A ROPE, MAKE SURE YOU USE ONE STRONG ENOUGH FOR YOUR INTENDED APPLICATION. I will be using clothesline for the demonstration, but obviously I would not use this in a rescue attempt. Designate one end as the “standing end” and the other as the “running end”. My designations can be seen in the picture.

Step 2: Create a Loop

Cross the running end over the standing end to achieve a loop like the one in the picture. It is important that the running end is OVER the standing end.

Step 3: The Bunny Comes Out of the Hole

Put the running end through the loop you just created.

Step 4: Runs Around the Tree, and Goes Back in the Hole

Wrap the running end around the standing end and put it back through the loop.

Step 5: Tighten the Knot

Pull on the standing end, the running end, and the loop to tighten the knot.

Step 6: The Final Result

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    8 years ago

    I know 5... I'm pretty quick with the traditional. just over a second to tie it. never really tried it behind my back or 1 handed though.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    apparently there are 11 different bowline's, i can only tie 3 and i have only seen 4 done. It would be amazing if somebody could make a post on all of them because it is hard to find the others.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job. Knot tying Instructables are harder to photograph than people might think. Many years ago I was at a meeting of our sailing club. The fun part of the meeting was a knot tying contest. We would start with a piece of rope held behind our backs. Someone said, "go," and the contest was on. First person to throw his rope on the floor with the properly tied knot won. I won the figure-8 contest. The guy who one the bowline contest literally threw his knot on the floor at the word Go. He tied it with one hand while bringing his hand around to the front to throw it down. We all thought he was joking.