scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Bowline on a bight, was: Running bowline? or bowline ??
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Thu May 25 2000 - 18:31:41 CDT
That's not how I learned a bowline on a bight. A bight is a loop in a
rope. The intent is to tie a bowline into the middle of a rope without
having access to either end. It creates a loop (actually two loops) in the
middle of the rope that won't slip. One application is making a long 8-man
handle for a Klondike Derby sled.
I have no graphics, so I'll try to describe it.
Pull a long bight in a rope. Keep the two parts of the rope together and
treat it as one rope that's doubled. Make a loop near where one of your
hands is holding the bight closed (this being the open end of the bight),
with the part nearest the closed end of the bight crossing over the top of
the part nearest the open end of the bight. Pull the closed end of the
bight up from underneath through the loop. This is just as if you were
using a single rope and starting a regular bowline. However, once the
closed end of the bight is through, open it up. Stick your hand down
though this loop opened up in the closed end of the bight, grab the rest of
the knot, and pull it through, slipping the loop formed by the bight's
closed end down over your wrist. You now have the knot in one hand, with
the loop formed from the bight's closed end running over the two ropes that
came into the first loop you formed out of the doubled rope, right next to
the hand holding the bight closed at it's base.
Tighten everything up. Yeah, I know, that's vague. You now have a bowline
made of two loops. It won't slip. You didn't touch either end of the
rope: they could have been tied to something the whole time. This makes a
good seat for rescuing someone, too. I'll see if I can post a web site
page for this....
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