Skills Refresher: 3 basic knots

This post could be useful for those learning to scramble, rock climb or going on a mountaineering trip.

There’s a short video for each type of knot

Re-Threaded Figure of 8 (incl stopper knot)

This is my preferred knot for tying into the rope. Its easy to learn, easy to tell if its tied correctly and perfect for teaching beginners.

Figure of 8 on a Bight

Quicker to tie than the re-threaded fig 8 and useful for building anchors. Remember to always dress and stress your knot and leave a long tail and/or tie a stopper knot.

The Clove Hitch

Its simple to learn, used by all types of climbers from sports climbers to alpinists and easy to tell if its not a clove hitch. If it doesn’t lock, its not one.


Top Tips:

  • when trying to learn a new knot, keep a short length of rope beside the couch and practice tying them as you watch telly, so that tying the knot becomes second nature to you.
  • Remember to always dress and stress your knot and leave a long tail and/or tie a stopper knot.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss any aspect of this video or other skills.