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Bowline knots are among the most commonly used knots across many different outdoor activities. It is used to create a fixed loop at the end of a line, while still being easy to tie and untie.

How would I tie a bowline knot?

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Here is nice site with animation: http://www.apparent-wind.com/knots/bowline/

Bowline knot

  • This is the proper "inside tail" bowline, beware of the improper "outside tail" which is not a strong as the inside, and more prone to slipping. – Dangeranger Jan 26 '12 at 5:47
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    To prevent slipping, you can make a couple half-hitches with the tail. – Kevin Jan 26 '12 at 5:53
  • And for critical loads, and slippery rope, you should definitely be careful about slipping. For everyday use, I don't worry which way the tail ends up, and it's fine. – Jay Bazuzi Jan 26 '12 at 6:06
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    The rabbit goes through the hole, around the tree, and back down. – Jason S Feb 1 '12 at 3:52
  • sorry kevin bolands don't slip. and a half hitch is not a preferred stopper knot. it is one of the few knots you can use on amsteel. – SkipBerne Oct 2 '15 at 16:14

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