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Icicle Hitch

How to tie the Icicle Hitch Knot. The Icicle Hitch is a good knot for connecting to a post when it is desired to either hoist the post vertically or to drag it in a direction parallel to the post.This hitch will hold its place even when holding a substantial load on a smooth surface and even grip a tapered post, hence its name "icicle hitch".

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Icicle Hitch

Icicle Hitch Knot Tying Instructions

  1. Wrap working end of rope around the post four times. Then pass the standing line behind the wraps and pass it over the post leaving a hanging loop behind the wraps.

  2. Take the hanging loop by its longest part and pass the loop in front of the working end on the front side of the post and pass the loop over the end of the post.

  3. Tighten everything up and pull down on the standing line to further tighten the wraps around the post.

  4. Spread the wraps out on the post to hoist the post vertically.

Swiffy Output

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