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Tag: Tape Knot

Rope Work

Being able to effectively use both rope and tape is an essential skill for any paddler. The best way to gain these skills quickly is to get signed up on a course with an approved provider. The guys at Boreal River Rescue have shared some really useful information that is well worth checking out. This one relates to knots used on both rope and tape used in rescue situations including the figure 8 family as well as alpine butterfly and water knot.

Rope Work

They key to all things like this is to get practice so when/if they have to be used in anger they can be set up quickly and correctly.

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Pin Kit – Tape Knot

A tape knot is pretty much the only knot to use with lengths of climbing tape to form a loop/sling. Any other knot is prone to more slippage than the tape knot. Dyneema tape should only ever be stitched and should not be knotted.

Start off by tying an overhand knot in one end of the tape. Just make sure that there isn’t any twists in the tape. It’s also good practice to have plenty of spare tape at the free end of the knot to account for any possible slippage. I like to have 10-15cm spare.

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