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Climbing and Rigging

Clove Hitch and Marline Hitch

Climbers often tie either a marline hitch or a half hitch in addition to the primary rigging knot on a piece being cut. The purpose is to reduce the chances of the primary knot slipping off the piece and to create a more favorable bend ratio in the line before the primary knot. The clove hitch can be used to send equipment up to the climber as a midline knot, or as an endline knot, when backed up with half hitches, to tie off limbs or sections of wood. Watch this month’s Climbing and Rigging episode to learn how to use them together!

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July 22, 2011 Download

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