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By Fitch, Nate; Funderburke, Ron

Climbing: Knots beneficial properties tutorial knot-making info for the beginner climber. Pocket-size, it is transportable and easy-to-use, with pictures all through to aid with learning.

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I might have been more secure as I swung back and forth, cleaning quickdraws as a leg-wrapped rappel constricted my thigh. But, mostly, I might not have looked, to all observers and fellow climbers, like such a total goofball. —RF CHAPTER 7 Using the Rope to Manage Risk Awide variety of knots have miscellaneous applications as backups, safety precautions, use in rescue systems, or other best practices. It would be difficult to fully elucidate every one of these knots and hitches in this book, and ultimately some knots and hitches seem to be more useful than others.

My experiment with tying in the belay loop was over. If all climbers are equally thoughtful and tactful and they discuss best practices and ropework with each other, it is conceivable that our conversation will be more educational and productive. If my knowledgeable friend had chided me too harshly, or used polarizing language to describe my tie-in practice, I might not have been persuaded by her reasoning so quickly. She was respectful enough to listen to me, hear the gap in my reasoning, and offer constructive insights.

Even though there are dozens of options for doing so, climbers generally need a group of knots to close the climbing system, back up a rappel or a lower, create a tether or rappel extension, and grab any section of rope that may already be taut. Closing the System: Overhand with a Bight In a typical toproping activity or a rappel, there is always at least one free rope end available. When toproping, the climber is tied to one end of the rope while the other end of the rope is left free. In rappelling, the rope is either fixed, in which case one end is affixed to an anchor while the other is on the ground, or the middle of the rope is running through an anchor with both ends on the ground.

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