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Icicle Hitch (Loop Method)

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Icicle Hitch (Loop Method) Tying

Wrap the rope around the pole four times moving away from the pole end. Leave a loop hanging and pass the end of the rope back over the pole alongside the standing end. Pass the loop behind both ends and hook it over the pole. Tighten the knot. The final load should be parallel to the pole.

Icicle Hitch (Loop Method) Details

Structure: The Icicle Hitch is almost identical to the knot described by Ashley to hoist a spar (ABOK # 1762, p 299) and to the Klemheist. The only difference is that the other knots are tied using a loop of rope.

Alternatives: The Icicle Hitch can be tied by two methods. In addition to Dropping a Loop over the end of the pole, it can also be tied by Threading the End

Uses: The Icicle Hitch is used when force is applied parallel to a post or pole in only one direction. In August of 2009, it was fully reviewed in Practical Sailor. They found it to be superior to other slide and grip knots including the Rolling Hitch.

Advantages: The Icicle Hitch grips a smooth surface so well that it even works on a tapered surface such as a marlinespike - hence its name.

Pros and Cons: It is relatively easy to tie and can be used over a bar or at the end of a pole.

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Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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