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Figure 8 Follow Through

Figure 8 Follow Through

Figure 8 Follow Through

Based on the figure 8 knot, figure 8 follow through knot is one of the ways of tying a figure 8 loop the other one being the figure 8 on a bight. It secures the climbing rope to a harness thereby protecting the climber from an accidental fall.

Tying a Figure 8 Follow Through

Tying a Figure 8 Follow Through


  1. It allows the figure 8 loop to be tied to a carabiner, ring or around any object.
  2. Though here it is tied with a short tag end, it is safe to keep it longer for load bearing applications. You can also back it up with a stopper knot like the overhand knot.
Figure 8 Follow Through With Stopper Knot

Figure 8 Follow Through With Stopper Knot

  1. It needs to be dressed properly to enable it to carry heavy load.
  2. It is more secure than a bowline.
  3. Check that the double strands of the rope lay parallel to each other in the final step.



One of the strongest knots Can jam badly in any type of rope
Easy to tie but needs a lot of practice Can be difficult to untie under heavy load


  1. Caving
  2. Rock climbing
  3. Firefighting
  4. Decorative purposes

How to Tie a Figure Eight Follow Through: Video

Similar Knots

  1. Figure 8 bend – Joins 2 ropes but is not a loop.
  2. Double figure 8 knot – Also known as bunny ears, forms a double loop instead of a single one.

3 responses to “Figure 8 Follow Through”

  1. Carly Hayden says:

    Hello! I am writing a paddleboard yoga teacher manual, and I would love to use your Figure 8 Follow Through diagram. Do you ever grant permission for reprinting?

  2. david orchard says:

    The first slide is actually incorrect. The arrow shows it rope crossing above the rope into the loop and it should be below the rope into the loop. Just a heads up.

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