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Topic - Which knot for abseiling?

phja - on 18 May 2013
Hi,

I am going canyoneering in the summer and want to know the best knot to tie two equal diameter ropes together.

My usual go to knot is the double fishermans but, while great for prussiks is a nightmare on ropes you need to untie.

I've heard the figure of eight is a death trap...but is that the figure of eight tied like an overhand or a figure eight rethreaded?

I was thinking of using a double figure of eight (rethreaded like when tying into harness)backed up by a double fishermans.

I'm a little weary of using a double overhand...seems too "basic" and don't like the ropes pulling in opposite directions from the knot.

What would you use?
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