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    Bowline - How to tie

    The bowline is a common knot for use as a climbing line termination knot.

    Bowline in Arboriculture

    Uses: The bowline is one of the first knots most arborists will learn, often remembered by the rabbit and the hole analogy used to learn the tieing sequence. The Bowline is a common knot for use as a climbing line termination knot. Care must be taken to ensure it is tied correctly, in particular, leaving a long enough tail and backing up with a figure 8 stopper knot.

     

    Although primarily used as a termination knot for climbing, it has a multitude of other uses including general rigging. One of its main strengths is that it unties easily after loading, which is particularly useful on pull lines where significant tension/force is often applied.

     

    Pros and Cons: There have been suggestions that the Bowline can fail, this is possibly due to it being incorrectly tied however, or the climber clipping into the wrong loop. It is good practice when tying a Bowline to keep a finger in the loop which you will be attaching to your hardware. 

     

    As already mentioned, one of the strengths of a Bowline is its ability to untie even after heavy loads have been applied.
     

    Top Tip: Everything has its limits though, so consider the stick trick if you think you are going to be putting some heavy-duty tension on your line. SImply find a suitable stick on-site and wedge it into the knot to prevent the fibers from cinching too tightly together. Once finished with your task, simply prise out the stick and your knot should untie with relative ease.

     


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    Anchor Hitch

    The Anchor Hitch is an excellent termination knot that cinches closely to the karabiner providing a good secure hitch.
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    Bowline

    The bowline is a common knot for use as a climbing line termination knot.
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    Buntline

    The Buntline is a secure and reliable knot that is easy to tie.
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    Double figure 8

    A secure and easy-to-tie termination knot.
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    Figure 8

    A quick and easy stopper knot that is used as a first choice by most climbers.
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    Fishermans single

    Quick and easy to tie termination knot that cinches nicely onto a karabiner.
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    Lingens Knot

    Termination knot
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    Overhand loop

    General-purpose termination knot.
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    Tarbuck hitch

    A general-purpose slide and grip knot.
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    Water Bowline

    An alternative termination knot to a standard Bowline.
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    Great nice to see some clear / precise instructions. Could you add the running bowline, surprised to see when working with some lads alot really cannot or have been not shown

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    Not sure why, but I've always tied the bowline with the tail outboard rather than inboard as shown in the images. Whenever I'm grounding & the knot is inboard it always seems a pain to untie. What are peoples reasons for tying the way they do. I've always found it tidyer!! (Is that a real word?)

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    For rigging purposes, the "bowline on a bight" should also be included. It would also be a good idea to show how to prevent a bowline from jamming under heavy loads by putting a carabiner between the standing part and the loop, se images: Bowline with carabiner: img1444l.jpg Bowline on a bight with carabiner: img1445im.jpg

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