By Duane Raleigh

1998 nationwide outdoors ebook Award winner. how one can tie 35 mountain climbing knots: step by step illustrations, easy-to-follow instructions, whilst to exploit and never to exploit, and professional suggestion on choice and care of ropes.

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In actual use, most people lump together hitches, bends, and everything else, including our tangle, and refer to all as knots. For demonstration purposes, however, it helps to be more specific, even if you forget the terminology as soon as the book cover snaps shut. Page 6 Figure Eight. Figure Eight on a Bight. The end of the rope is simply the end. The bit of rope that sticks out of the knot is the tail. The length of rope between the two ends is the bight. Any knot tied between the two ends is referred to as on a bight.

The best way is to uncoil your rope, then weave it into an Electrician's Braid. The braid will keep the rope from tangling or getting damaged in the wash. Next, drop the rope in a washing machine. If you Electrician's Braid. Page 72 suspect that the previous load contained rope-eating bleach (always the case at a Laundromat), run the machine through a rinse cycle before washing the rope. Set the machine to delicate cycle and cold water (hot water will shrink the rope). Add a gentle soap, such as Ivory Snow.

Don't throw your rope on the ground, and don't step on it. Use a rope tarp to keep your rope as clean as possible. Many models of rope tarps are available; the best roll up, burrito-style, and have padded carrying straps. Rope bags are doubly good, as they not only keep the rope clean, but because you keep the rope flaked loose inside them, they also eliminate coiling, and thus kinking, the rope. Most climbers needn't worry about the degrading effects of UV light, simply because their ropes are never in the sun long enough to hurt them.

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