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Figure-eight loop

A figure-eight loop (also figure-eight on a bight or Flemish loop or Flemish eight) is a type of knot created by a loop on the bight. It is used in climbing and caving where rope strains are light to moderate and for decorative purposes. The knot is commonly followed by tying a strangle knot (a.k.a. half a double fisherman's knot) or an overhand knot around the standing end.

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Animated Knots provides visual and audio supported instruction for tying many knots. Here you can learn how to tie a Figure Eight Loop. This loop is what you would tie if you were setting up a top rope in a gym. After tying the loop, the climber would attach their carabiner(s) to the loop, ensuring that if they use 2 that they are opposite and opposed. The belayer would then attach themselves to the belayers end of the rope with either a GriGri or ATC.

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