Tying Into a Figure 8 Follow-Through


Step-by-step images and directions for a climber tying a figure 8 knot, then a figure 8 follow-through. Required for the BSA Climbing Merit Badge. Yes, there are other ways, but this way produces the right result every time. Efficient and effective. Images taken from the HardIsEasy channel, from the episode "How to tie into the harness with Perfect Figure 8 knot every time" Good stuff, but has more information that may get in the way of learning the steps.

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Measuring the location for the figure 8
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Start by holding end of rope in right hand and looping over left thumb while palm out, thumb down.
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Form loop with left index finger and thumb (left hand palm out, thumb down).
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Extend right hand. Pinch rope at left shoulder.
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While holding loop with left thumb and index finger, rotate loop once, and then
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While holding loop with left thumb and index finger, feed rope with right hand through loop…
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And pull up (do not let good of loop).
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Correctly tied figure 8
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Overhand know. What you will get if you only put one twist in loop (need two).
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Putting rope up through leg loop then waist loop, on left of belay loop.
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Orientate knot so rope comes from right side of knot.
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You do not want rope to come from left side of knot (turn it over).
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Rope goes into gap to the right side of the lead.
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Rope goes into gap to the right side of the lead.
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And through.
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Take up slack
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Go over top of loop
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And to left of crossing loop.
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Take up slack
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Go behind knot and below the lead.
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And to right of lead.
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Take up slack
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