How to Tie a Bowline Knot

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A bowline knot is useful to temporarily hang something from the ceiling or to use in safety situations, as it includes a loop at the end of the rope. Practice tying the bowline knot with instructions from a rock climbing instructor in this free video on knot tying.

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Hello, this is Andrew Reynolds and today I'm going to show you how to make a bowline knot. Now this knot is useful just for if you have a rope hanging from a ceiling somewhere especially out on the farm and you want to just tie something up to it, temporarily. This is a great way to do it, to create a loop at the end of the rope. So alls you would to do is basically take the hanging rope and just kind of loop it over the top so that it's hanging over the top of your existing rope or more close towards you. Then you would kind of crimp down on that, just kind of pinch it together, and from the underneath of that knot you would take the remainder of your rope and this is about how big your loop is going to be, whatever is left over, so be conscious of that. And then you would just go behind the original rope and down through that same hole that you originally started with. You're going to pull it tight from the top. Once again, you're able to see that this was the size of the loop that we had started with is about where we're going to leave it. And this is also a very useful knots if in a safety situation. This is a, of course you would make this a little bit bigger, about the size of someone's waist and if you were pulling the knot over a dangerous position, this is would be a great thing for someone to latch around themselves and hold on as they were coming up. And the also thing that's great about this is that this loop itself will not shrink when you pull from this angle. So if this was tied around my waist it would not cut off my circulation or anything. So that is your very basic simple bowline knot. Thanks for watching.

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