Alpine butterfly loop

Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
 
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
1. Form a bight in the middle of a rope
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions

2. Twist it twice to create two loops, one on top of the other. Make the one on top larger.

Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
3. Bring the top loop down over the bottom loop, folding it at the junction between the two loops. Now the bottom loop should be essentially inside the first loop.
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
4. Take the farthest edge of the bottom loop from the first loop.
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
5. Bring that through the second (smaller) loop.
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions
6. Tighten all the way.
Alpine butterfly loop step by step how to tie instructions

Description

The alpine butterfly loop is a knot used to form a fixed loop in the middle of a rope.

Use

The loop is typically attached to a climbing harness by carabiner.

It can also be used to isolate a worn section of rope, where the knot is tied such that the worn section is isolated in the loop (which of course does not receive a carabiner nor bear any loads in this case). The loop portion is isolated when the other two legs are loaded, and in fact the butterfly can be tied as a bend with the ends emerging where the loop would be.

Releasing

Non-jamming

Security

Forms stable, secure loop after initial setting. Allows for the knot to be loaded three ways; by each end of the main line and the loop.

Other names

Butterfly Loop, Alpine Butterfly Knot, Butterfly Knot, Lineman’s Loop, Lineman’s Rider.

Tying

1. Form a bight in the middle of a rope.

2. Twist it twice to create two loops, one on top of the other. Make the one on top larger.

3. Bring the top loop down over the bottom loop, folding it at the junction between the two loops. Now the bottom loop should be essentially inside the first loop.

4. Take the farthest edge of the bottom loop from the first loop and bring that through the second (smaller) loop.

5. Tighten all the way.

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