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Tumble Hitch

How to tie the Tumble Hitch Knot. The Tumble Hitch is an excellent quick-release knot that holds a load until released by a pull on the free end. We have several quick release hitches on this site: The Mooring Hitch and the Highwayman's Hitch and of the three the Tumble Hitch is considered by many to be the most secure. However, with any knot that has an untying mechanism for convenience, it must be noted and caution exercised that it can be accidentally pulled or snagged is not compatible with critical applications. To remember the tying of the Tumble Hitch, notice that the standing part remains passive during tying.

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Tumble Hitch


Tumble Hitch Knot Tying Instructions

  1. Form a bight in the rope in front of the bar or post you are attaching the rope to.

  2. Now form a bight in the working end and run that bight behind the bar and pass it through the loop created by the first bight formed. A slight tug on the standing line can help to hold the second loop in place.

  3. Pass working end behind standing line.

  4. Pass working end in front of standing line.

  5. Form another bight in the working end and run behind bar and pass up and through the 2nd loop.

  6. Tighten the knot by applying load to the standing line while adjusting the knot down onto the final pass of the working end. Release the knot with a pull to the working end.
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