How to Tie an Alpine Butterfly Knot for Climbing
Want to know how to tie an Alpine Butterfly knot for climbing? There are two ways to tie this. Both ways are equally correct. This knot is also called the Lineman's Knot or Lineman's Loop because it has a secure loop in the middle of the rope. This makes it ideal for hikers who hook on to a shared rope.
Alpine Butterfly knot-1st method:
- Make a loop in the rope.
- Twist the loop to form another loop on top of the first loop. It should look like the number 8-a loop on the bottom and one on the top.
- Take the top part of the top loop and fold in to the back and under the bottom line of rope. The bottom loop from Step 2 will still be there but the top loop is now under it.
- Take the loop that is now at the bottom and feed it through the original loop.
- Pull tight on the loop that was fed through. The completed knot should have a loop large enough to clip on a load.
Alpine Butterfly knot-2nd method:
- Hold your palm out flat with thumb separate from fingers.
- Wrap the rope around your hand-fingers only, starting on the side of your palm. The first wrap will be close to your thumb.
- Make another wrap, this time closer to your fingertips.
- Finish the second wrap by bringing the rope back to the front of your palm closer to your thumb.
- Pick up the wrap closest to your fingertips and pull it toward your wrist.
- Wrap it around the other two turns by inserting it around and under.
- Pull it through toward your fingertips. This forms a loop.
- Tighten by pulling on the loop from Step 7 and the ends.
The Alpine Butterfly knot is known for its stability and can handle heavy loads.