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Tying the Clove Hitch Tied with Rope End (Interactive Animation)
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Clove Hitch with the End of the Rope TyingPass the end of the rope around the pole. Continue over the standing end and around the pole a second time. Thread the end under itself and pull tight to form the clove hitch.
Clove Hitch tied with the End of the Rope Details
Caution: The Clove Hitch (ABOK # 1245, p 224) was, originally, included here with the intention of condemning it. It does have two giant faults: it slips and, paradoxically, can also bind. It should be deeply distrusted when used by itself.
Uses: However, the Clove Hitch can be very useful:
Dangers: As stated above, the Clove Hitch's problems are slipping and binding:
Alternatives: There are good alternatives available:
Temporary whipping for a frayed rope end
Paradox: When you tie this round turn and two Half Hitches, in the process you actually create a clove hitch round the standing end!
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.