By Duane Raleigh
1998 nationwide outdoors booklet Award winner. tips on how to tie 35 hiking knots: step by step illustrations, easy-to-follow instructions, while to exploit and never to exploit, and professional suggestion on choice and care of ropes.
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Both are unforgiving. Make one wrong turn, and the whole mess falls apart. Or you find yourself wrapped in a hairy snarl. Unlike life, however, you can practice tying knots. You can grab a hank of line and run the rabbit out of the hole, around the tree, and back into the hole until you can render the Bowline perfect every time. Even if we didn't climb mountains, we would never get far without knots. About three steps, and our shoes would fall off. So we must master at least one knot or go barefoot.
Rope Lengths Inflation has gotten hold of ropes. Twenty years ago you bought either a 120-foot rope or a 150-foot rope. Today you must choose among 165 (50-meter), 181 (55-meter), 198 (60-meter), and even 330-foot (100-meter) lengths. ) I'm not sure why ropes have grown longer, other than it makes sense: better to have too much rope, and be guaranteed that ledge or anchor high up, than to have too little and come up short and uncomfortable. Page 65 TWIN ROPE 2 Fifty-meter ropes are what most of us use.
Garda Hart Knot As sure as you'll wind up on a climb without a belay device, you'll also end up without a pulley but needing to haul a heavy pack or assist a struggling partner up a pitch. The Garda Hart, a one-directional sliding knot, is tailor-made for the situation. To rig, clip two similar carabiners (two ovals, for example) to a sling that runs through your belay anchor. Clip and weave the rope through the carabiners as shown. Be careful to orient the carabiner gates so that they open on top.