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Topic - Bowline use at Climbing walls

Keepmealive - on 11 Apr 2014
Hi Folks,

I have recently started climbing at an indoor wall locally. After signing up the guys at the wall watched me belay my pal to make sure I wasn't a danger. I don't have a problem with that as its pretty much standard wherever you go.

However I went to tie in with a bowline with a stopper, which I have used at many climbing walls up in Scotland without being moaned at. However at my new wall the guys insisted I used a rethreaded figure-of-8 and told me I couldn't use my bowline because there had been some high profile death (which was high enough profile to pass me by somehow) :( I have used a bowline without a hitch for a while now.

I just wondered why insist on one knot over the other? Surely both knots are safe providing you construct them properly!?

forgive me if this has been asked before, cheers Mark
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