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EDIT: With your edits to the question it would appear this won't work for you. I would use a constrictor knot. If you work the knot such that the contact point where the line cross is on one of the corners of the object, you can get it very tight indeed. Tied properly, a constrictor knot can be very-very difficult to untie, and may need to be cut off ...


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This knot is actually what our trip guides use to set up our high ropes course, each loop goes to a carabiner on their full body harness (which is a great way for both loops to be equalized) and they climb up the course with this knot. I'm not sure why you're saying it's not to be used, but our research and years of using this knot have been conducive to a ...


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I would go with either a barrel hitch or a barrel sling depending on the exact purpose. With the added constraint that the rope can only go around the object once the the "magic" needs to be in the knot/hitch, I think a trucker's hitch is probably best (but not very good). It will let you get a tight fit. The holding power will depend on the stiffness and ...



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