I have a short climbing rope and two carabiners. I want to use it as a strap to carry something (it is not intended for climbing). As the rope is too long, I fold it once. At one "end" I make a figure eight loop and attach a carabiner to it.

Which knot do I use to

  • connect the two loose ends on the other side and
  • make it possible to attach a carabiner there that is not sliding on the rope?

Thank you

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There is no right answer, and we cannot know enough detail to give you the best answer.

I would tie the middle of the rope to the carabiner with a clove hitch, rather than a fig8 as you have described.

At the other end, the easy and most reliable option is Two fig 8's tied at the correct length (one could be on a bite). If you want to make the length easy to adjust, you could use Clove Hitch at one or both ends. If using a clove hitch, be aware that if the rope is cycled from slack to tight, they can loosen and move. In this case, especially if its life critical and the knot is unattended, you can tie of the dead end of the rope with a half hitch.

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