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Tying the Double Figure 8 Loop ("Bunny Ears") (Interactive Animation)
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Double Figure 8 Loop ("Bunny Ears") TyingWith a long bight in the rope use two double loops to tie a Figure 8 knot. Then pass the end of the original bight under, up, and over the whole knot. Pull it tight to lock the two loops.
Double Figure 8 Loop ("Bunny Ears") Details
In the animation the two loops have been made small. In practice they are usually much larger.
Uses: The two loops can be used as an improvised seat. It is also useful for equalizing the load on two anchors. In one top-roping technique, the loops are made very unequal. The much larger one is passed around both anchor points. The center of this loop is then secured with a carabiner to the small loop. During rappelling, this ensures a more even distribution of load between the two anchor points.
Stability: Compared to some of the other double loop knots, e.g., the French Bowline, the Double Loop Figure 8 is stable. It is unlikely to slip so that one loop gets larger at the expense of the other loop.
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