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Joel

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Grand Canyon pack mule train
« on: October 15, 2019, 02:34:23 AM »
I am new to this forum and would like help identifying a knot that I saw yesterday while hiking into the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The knot in question is the one used to tether each mule to the one in front of it while traversing up the canyon trail. Unfortunately I was to busy watching them go by to actually take a picture of the knot but I do have screen shots of the video I took.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/182473472@N07/VH68F1
https://www.flickr.com/gp/182473472@N07/0Ae6K7
https://www.flickr.com/gp/182473472@N07/yB36p2

Joel

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Re: Grand Canyon pack mule train
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2019, 04:41:17 PM »
I went back through the video and found another angle of the knot. That image as well as my recreation is attached. Apologies for the quality of recreation all I had in the hotel room was a piece of multicolored yarn.
https://flic.kr/p/2hvtRu2
https://flic.kr/p/2hvtSfk

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Re: Grand Canyon pack mule train
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2019, 04:59:15 PM »
Good day Joel.

To me it looks like a bowline tied with a slip for easier untying. Not necessarily a super secure loop, but as used, it looks sufficient (apparently).

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Re: Grand Canyon pack mule train
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2019, 05:29:49 PM »
Good day Joel.

To me it looks like a bowline tied with a slip for easier untying.\
Not necessarily a super secure loop, but as used, it looks sufficient (apparently).

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+1.

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Joel

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Re: Grand Canyon pack mule train
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2019, 12:41:26 AM »
I was thinking the same with it being a bowline of sorts, but wasn?t sure if my mind was just making it into what I thought it should be. Based on how much jostling the knot was receiving it must work fairly well the mules are tethered together for about 17 total miles with occasional stops to rest. Found it intriguing that the large diameter tether loop is attached to what looks like a small twine.