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Grog's Index of Search and Rescue Knots

Rescue Index Rescue Usage

Alpine Butterfly Loop Bowline Clove Hitch (End) Distel Hitch Directional Figure 8 loop Double Fisherman's Double O'hand Stopper Figure 8 Fig 8 Bend (Join) Fig 8 Follow Loop Figure 8 Double Loop Figure 9 Loop Girth (Strap) Hitch Handcuff Knot Hasty Webbing Harness Prusik Knot Purcell Prusik System Super Munter Radium Release Hitch Spanish Bowline Tensionless Hitch Water Knot

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Instructions: Move the mouse over each knot. Look at the description to find out what it can be used for. Click on the knot you wish to see. On the new page wait until the selected knot starts to tie itself.

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Search and Rescue Knots

Search and Rescue Knots

Welcome to Search and Rescue Knots

This selection of knots was suggested by Greg Felton who requested a section devoted to Search and Rescue (SAR). Select the knots from: the index above left; the pictures above; or the Rescue Usage page.

The selection of knots is based on consultation with, and advice from, people working in Search and Rescue.


As with Climbing knots, the emphasis for SAR is on reliability and safety. It is also desirable that each knot can be untied reasonably easily.


We initially supposed that this selection would just be a subset of the climbing page. However, Greg introduced me to the Tensionless Hitch as well as the Emergency Webbing Harness and we decided that a section devoted to SAR would be appropriate.

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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Version 4.0.1. Nov 24, 2014

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