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Tying the Marlinspike Hitch (Interactive Animation)
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Marlinspike Hitch TyingMake a loop and through it tuck a bight of the standing end. Place the loop over the pole and tighten it. With a second rope, tie the same knot at the other end of the pole. Repeat to make a step ladder.
Marlinspike Hitch Details
History: The Marlinspike Hitch is described by Ashley spelled "Marlingspike" (ABOK # 2030, p 330.) He described it as being created using a marling-spike to heave on a strand or line when splicing, seizing, or serving a rope. "Marling" itself refers to the practice of making a series of half hitches around a rope to protect it. With modern ropes, such use is rare.
Making a Ladder: The Marlinspike Hitch is a wonderful way of quickly gripping a pole or a bar to take weight. The ladder shown in the animation is an excellent example. However, if used as a ladder, several cautions must be observed:
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.