Figure 8 Knot

The Figure 8 Knot. Probably the most versatile and common climbing knot. This knot can be tied two ways depending on how it will be used.

The first sequence shown below is for tying the knot into a harness or any other type anchor.

The second sequence is to create a loop end that can be clipped with a carabiner or locking carabiner.

Sequence to Tie a Figure 8 Knot into a Harness

Figure 8 Knot - 1

Step 1.

Loop the end into the harness.
Figure 8 Knot - 2

Step 2.

Follow the rope back through the knot.
Figure 8 Knot - 3

Step 3.

Continue following the rope through the entire figure 8.
Figure 8 Knot - 4

Step 4.

Exit the figure 8 at the top of the knot. The two ropes should run together through the figure 8 knot.
Figure 8 Knot - 5

Step 5.

Tighten the knot evenly by hand.
Figure 8 Knot - 6

Step 6.

Secure the end using a stopper knot.

Sequence to Tie a Figure 8 Knot to Clip:

Figure 8 Knot - 5

Step 1.

Create a bend in the rope.
Figure 8 Knot - 6

Step 2.

Pass the bend under itself.
Figure 8 Knot - 7

Step 3.

Figure 8 Knot - 8

Step 4.

Under and over; then tighten the figure 8 evenly by hand.

Knots for Climbers, 3rd (How To Climb Series)

Carrick Bend
This is an illustrated book providing sequences and examples for tying climbing knots. It covers all the common knots plus many other knots. The presentation uses clear color photos making it easy to understand and learn. Some of the knots are the Munter hitch, auto block, clove hitch, and figure eight. See them in use in the field along with how they are used with climbing equipment.

Climbing: Knots

Knots for Climbers
Features easy to understand, and illustrated instructional knot-tying for the novice climber. It's a nice, pocket-size book, portable and easy-to-use, with clear photos throughout to assist with learning.

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