Even beginning climbs can have horrible repercussions if proper precautions aren’t taken. Learning to tie knots is of crucial importance to the climber so every effort must be made to learn each knot and become a literal expert in tying.
One of the more common things that you will use as a climber is the double overhand knot. It is just a simple extension of the overhand not, but it is made with one additional pass. It results in a knot that is slightly larger yet much more difficult to untie. Eventually you will learn to tie the surgeon’s knot, and the double overhand actually forms the first part of that knot. It also forms both sides of the double fisherman’s knot. The strangle knot, on the other hand, is a rearranged type of double overhand knot that is actually tied around some object.
This is most often used to tie two ropes together as would be needed for rappelling. One of the reasons this knot is used instead of other knots such as the double figure 8 fisherman’s knot is because it is less bulky and is therefore less likely to get stuck in cracks.
Learning to tie knots tends to be more challenging than the mechanics of actually tying it. It also involves learning when and where they can be used, and which knot will provide the greatest amount of safety. Spend as much time as you need to master knots – it’s for your own protection!