Edwards Bowline

Disclaimer: I’d like to make sure it’s understood that these are in no way to be taken as qualified instruction. I suppose that technically I should classify these as ‘reminders’, but it is possible to learn from them… Just make sure you check with someone that actually knows what they’re doing before you try and do them halfway up a cliff.

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Alpine Butterfly

Disclaimer: I’d like to make sure it’s understood that these are in no way to be taken as qualified instruction. I suppose that technically I should classify these as ‘reminders’, but it is possible to learn from them… Just make sure you check with someone that actually knows what they’re doing before you try and do them halfway up a cliff.

The alpine butterfly was designed for use in the Alps (shock), where teams of people need to tie into the same rope. It has several advantages for this use, the biggest one being that it can be loaded in any combination of the three possible directions, with the same strength in any possible way. It also resists jamming when heavily loaded. It’s a good knot. This is one of the ways of tying it, and I find it the easiest to keep track of. It has another benefit that we’ll get to later.

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Double Fisherman’s

Disclaimer: I’d like to make sure it’s understood that these are in no way to be taken as qualified instruction. I suppose that technically I should classify these as ‘reminders’, but it is possible to learn from them… Just make sure you check with someone that actually knows what they’re doing before you try and do them halfway up a cliff.

The double fisherman’s is the knot to which all knots for joining ropes are to be judged against. Strong and bombproof. Standard use is for making prussiks and joining ropes for abseiling. Unfortunately, it jams massively (great for prussiks), making separating ropes after an abseil a pain, and it’s a very symmetric knot, meaning it could potentially get caught when you’re trying to retrieve it. Basically, just tie two stopper knots against each other. As always, leave long tails when joining ropes.

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A Practically Pointless Peak Trip: Part 2

The first four days had been, to be perfectly honest, a complete failure.  It rained, it rained some more, and we had spent far too much money on Awesome walls.  That would be bad enough, but on a trad trip it was just a joke.  But the oracles had foretold of a time when water would not fall from the sky.  “Madness!”, I hear you cry.  While they are a good band they were not there, and I tell you the truth, there was no rain.  We prepared in earnest for this mystical time-frame.

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Overhand

Disclaimer: I’d like to make sure it’s understood that these are in no way to be taken as qualified instruction. I suppose that technically I should classify these as ‘reminders’, but it is possible to learn from them… Just make sure you check with someone that actually knows what they’re doing before you try and do them halfway up a cliff.

Literally the most simple knot you can tie. Not much else to say.

Take the tail and pass it over the rope. More after the fold.

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The Religious Practices of Homo altum: A Comprehensive Description

For the last week, or there abouts, I had enjoyed being outside.  Be it hiking or trad climbing, I had certainly made the most of the good weather.  This had been the longest spell of such stunning conditions since 1299, the Year of the Long Summer, which had lasted three weeks in total, rather than the normal one week.  I had persued my hobbies, but I desired to try my hand at a new pass-time, namely, wildlife photography.  What with a degree in Zoology, I have always had a keen interest in studying the behavior of animals and the interactions with their environs.  One of the most interesting animals of all is the Hue-man, largely due to their complex and manipulative social structure.  Among all the clans and tribes of Hue-mans which exist, all hold this social structure to be above all else.  But one group is different, and I propose it to be a newly discovered sub-species, known as the Cly-murr.

All study contained within is speculative, based on one case study of Cly-Murrs during a migratory stage in the life cycle, with four subject individuals.

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