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Alpine Coil

How to coil a rope with the Alpine Coil Knot - 5 illustrated and animated steps. The Alpine Coil is a method used by climbers for carrying a rope, such that the rope remains attached to harnesses and ready for use. It is also known as a mountaineer's coil. Other good coil knots include: The Fireman's Coil, The Quickie Coil and The Sailor's Coil.

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How to coil a climbing rope with the Alpine Coil



Alpine Coil Knot Tying Instructions

  • First, make a coil of the loose rope. Hold the rope approximately one meter from the end with one hand and then grasp the rope with the other hand about as far as you can reach. Bring your hands together forming a loop, which is transferred to the hand closest to the end of the rope. Repeat this process, forming uniform loops, until the rope is completely coiled.


  • Bring both ends to the top of the newly made coil and form a bight in one of the ends.

  • Wrap the working end of the other rope around the strands of the coil and the bight, working forward as shown.

  • Tuck the working end of the rope being wrapped around through the bight first formed.

  • Pull the standing end of the bight to capture the working end tight.


Swiffy Output

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