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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.
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