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Yosemite Bowline

Yosemite Bowline

This strong loop knot is a variation of the bowline that has the free end wrapped around one side of the loop and tucked back into the knot, commonly known as a Yosemite finish. It increases the strength of the knot and prevents it from capsizing into a highly dangerous slip knot.

How to Tie a Yosemite Bowline

How to Tie a Yosemite Bowline

Tips

  1. You can increase the safety of the knot by adding a stopper knot like the double overhand.

Variation

  1. Double Yosemite bowline – It is basically a double bowline with a Yosemite tie off.

Advantages

Disadvantages

  • It is more secure than the regular bowline
  • Easier to untie under wet and frozen conditions and after taking on a load than the bowline
  • Simple, can be tied with only one hand
  • You should take extra care to tie it right, or it could lead to disasters if you are entrusting it with your life.
  • If it is not dressed properly, it can collapse into a noose

Alternatives

  1. Figure 8 knot – Less advantageous but can be more easily checked for defects.
  2. Figure 8 follow through – A more popular choice as a tie-in for connecting a climbing rope to a climber’s harness though the Yosemite bowline is better suited for the purpose.

Uses

  1. Securing heavy loads such as haul bags.
  2. Climbing, mountaineering

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