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General => Practical Knots => Topic started by: JimK on February 25, 2010, 11:29:13 PM

Title: Spanish Bowline via the Hemp Pretzel
Post by: JimK on February 25, 2010, 11:29:13 PM
I found the Spanish bowline to be easily tied via the hemp pretzel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUlAFKLNy3g (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUlAFKLNy3g)
Title: Re: Spanish Bowline via the Hemp Pretzel
Post by: sharky on February 27, 2010, 11:43:56 AM
Hey, thanks for the post ;D
Title: Re: Spanish Bowline via the Hemp Pretzel
Post by: SpitfireTriple on March 10, 2010, 10:21:39 PM
+1
Not sure yet whether I prefer this over the conventional method.  I need to practise your techniques until the process feels more natural and I speed up.  Good stuff though.

Then there's your Blakes Hitch video.  That's a new knot to me, though I can see it resembles a Prusik.  I daresay it will have a similar function.  I'll look it up.  I am going to be be busy the next few days!
Title: Re: Spanish Bowline via the Hemp Pretzel
Post by: JimK on March 15, 2010, 11:06:37 PM
Spitfire,

The Blake's hitch is an arborist knot that's very stable for use in tree climbing.  In this application, the rope goes up from the Blake's hitch, over a limb and finally terminates at the climber's harness.  As the climber moves up, the Blake's hitch is advanced, and progress is captured. The entire system is a loop that becomes smaller as the climber ascends.   Like the Prusik, it's a friction hitch.