The information presented here is intended as a beginning guide to
rescue rope work.
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We are going to learn 5 Knots. The first is the figure
The figure 8 knot will
put you on the end of a rope. This will attach the rope to a fixed object.
It is simple, easy, fast and sure.
WATER KNOT (Ring Bend) or (Overhand)
This is the knot we use for webbing. It will join two pieces together or make
a loop out of one piece. You will use this to tie off to a secure anchor point.
You can use it to make a Hasty Rescue Harness.
This is a friction knot. This lets you control the rate of the
passage of the rope
through the carabiner. You will use this to self belay or use as a descender
DOUBLE FISHERMAN'S BEND (Grapevine)
You will use this knot to join two ropes, or to make a loop.
You tie the same knot in each rope and then slide them together.
You will use this knot to make an ascender or to create a break.
If you put downward pressure on the loop it locks the knot to the rope.
If you push up or down on an unloaded knot it moves. By making two of these,
you will be able to attach one to your harness and sit on it, thus loading it to lock.
You would then have another one placed below the seat prusik, it would be longer
with a foot loop. While sitting on the seat prusik, you would push the foot prusik up.
Then standing on the foot loop you would rise up, removing the pressure on the seat
prusik, then raise the seat prusik that is unloaded. Sit, raise, stand, raise, sit, raise,
stand etc. to ascend the rope.
You can use 1 inch webbing or rope.
Super 8 attached to Harness. ATC attached to harness.
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