The Monkey's Fist Knot

This knot is used to tie the end of a climbing rope into a tight ball so the rope can be thrown. When a rope is coiled it is difficult to throw long distances because the coils of the rope catch the wind. With the monkey's fist knot tied to the end of a small coil, it can be thrown much further. This knot was first used by mariners to throw a tow line to another boar or to shore.

The knot is about the size of a "fist" when tied. Mariners coined the name "monkey's fist" because of it's shape. The monkey's fist is an ideal knot for many climbing situations where a rope needs to be thrown. The monkey's fist knot helps you heave a rope a little further out over a ledge, a bush, or up to a Routesetter in a gym.

Sequence to Tie the Monkey's Fist Knot

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Step 1.

To start tying the monkey's fist, you need about 10 feet of rope. You need this much! Wrap 3 times around your fist then pull the end inside and through the loops.
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Step 2.

Wrap three loops on the outside of the first set of loops.
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Step 3.

Pass the end back into and through the first set of loops.
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Step 4.

Wrap the second set of loops 3 times inside the first set of loops.
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Step 5.

There should be about 2 feet left over. Pull the end back and tie a stopper to the long end.
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Step 6.

Ready to throw the rope. The monkey's fist knot makes a dense mass at the end of the rope. The rope can then be thrown much further than without the knot.
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