/ ANOTHER figure 8/knot thread
Anyway, is a doubled figure 8 knot, that works itself undone, still weight bearing if it becomes undone through the first hole. And the second? I started climbing on indoor walls a few years ago so the fig 8 plus stopper is ingrained. But I see some here think this is overkill. Does the fig 8 have inherent redundancy if it becomes undone?
I searched, not really a clue what to search for though.
It can bear some weight, I've had myself tugged across the ground to test it. Try it yourself.
Try it somewhere safe.
"So if, as people seem to think possible, you stopped tying your fig 8 half way through, even if you missed the foot of extra rope dangling down by your feet, you'd notice there was no stopper knot."
When using a Fig 8 (fortunately), I once came down from a route indoors having fallen off, started to untie by removing the stopper knot, then was encouraged to have another go. I then forgot I'd done this and started climbing without replacing the stopper.
So "not necessarily".
> Anyway, is a doubled figure 8 knot, that works itself undone, still weight bearing if it becomes undone through the first hole. And the second? I started climbing on indoor walls a few years ago so the fig 8 plus stopper is ingrained. But I see some here think this is overkill. Does the fig 8 have inherent redundancy if it becomes undone?
> I searched, not really a clue what to search for though.
I don't think that there is much redundancy in a figure of 8, but it is very difficult for one to come undone in any way other than by being untied. The stopper is not essential, whereas a bowline can work undone quite easily without a stopper (and stoppers can come undone too).
Yes it's more than possible. Lynn Hill did it whilst climbing in France at a sport crag and took a large ground fall because of it. Don't be complacent enough to think that you are too good to do it too. ANYBODY can make a mistake. Hence the arguments that an unfinished knot is not a knot. Arguably a screwed up bowline with a stopper is safer than an eight mistied without the stopper(quite how you'd achieve that is another story). At the end of the day a double stopper style knot is fully load bearing on it's own without the 8 or bowline.
Very true. No knot is very good if it isn't tied properly. There are arguments for both styles here: one school of thought says that a mistied Fig8 is often strong enough to be safe(e.g. extra loops included), but the other is that a mistied bowline just falls apart, so it is obviously wrong.
I've not read any of teh other threads, so apologies if I'm going over old ground.
(I use both knots, by the way - bowline for sport, fig8 for trad so I don't really have a position in this)
The obvious solution is to tie in with a bowline but include figure of 8 above it and then get your partner and AN other to check both for stepping onto the wall.
Sometimes, based on some very informal testing we did at the Ice Factor a few years ago.
Basically, with no stopper and the tail only passed through 2 of the 3 "passes" that constitute the knot, the knot held a fall every single time. To our surprise, even when the tail had only gone through one "pass", it frequently (more than half of the time) tightened to a point that it would take a climber's weight.
Whether you choose to extrapolate this to suggest that the Fo8 is more "forgiving" is up to you, but I don't think it alters the truth that it would be better to finish your knot, whatever you use!
> Yes it's more than possible. Lynn Hill did it whilst climbing in France ...
Not according to Lynn's book, _Climbing Free_ (p.4): she had merely reeved the rope through her harness and then was distracted by someone and never tied ANY knot; and she intended to tie a bowline, her usual. --similar issue with John Long (Lynn's long-ago boyfriend) recently.
To the OP : this so-called "incomplete fig.8" stands to the fig.8 about the same way a bowline stands to the Yosemite bowline --it's just that most people don't know or recognize those "incomplete fig.8" knots as valid knots in their own right. (They can be found in Ashley's Book of Knots, #1043 & #1045.) Oh, I say "they" for it matters how one forms the fig.8 vis-a-vis which end is the live end (loaded) and which the tail --something that is nearly NEVER specified explicitly, and often left unindicated by words or graphics (e.g., both ends opposite the knot eye running out of the image). In one case, the untucked-from-fig.8 tail will lie within the knot's main tightening loop parallel with the eye legs; in the other, it will not, assuming the form of a half-hitch embedded in the knot. These knots have been called "(single) bowlines on a bight".
Consider the "directional fig.8" which is intended as a mid-line eyeknot to be loaded in a particular direction (and not in the opposite) --that's an "incomplete fig.8".
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