Alpine Butterfly Knot
How to tie the Alpine Butterfly knot.
THE ALPINE BUTTERFLY KNOT, also known simply as the Butterfly Knot due to theform it takes while tying, forms a secure loop in the middle of a rope. It will accommodate a load in
any of three directions independently or together. Mountain climbers use the Alpine Butterfly for tying in the middle climber when traveling three to a rope. Also useful for making non-slip loops in the middle of a rope to attach carabiners to provide points of attachment for other lines, the Alpine Butterfly is essential in canoe rescue work. The
knot can also be used to isolate a damaged section of a rope.
Scroll to see Animated Alpine Butterfly Knot below the illustration and tying instructions.
Alpine Butterfly Knot Tying Instructions
- Make a loop in the rope and twist it one full rotation into an eight shape.
- Fold the top of the eight down around the bottom of the eight.
- Now up and out through the lower opening of the eight and pull tight.