Last weekend I had to shorten a guy rope on a tent. Perfect opportunity to use that Sheepshank knot I’d learned so many years ago. A few minutes later, I was on Google and learning:
- how to tie a Sheepshank
- that you shouldn’t use it – it’s an unstable knot
Instead – use an Alpine Butterfly Loop – it can both shorten a rope, but also add loops mid-length. And is stable; load bearing on all sides.
So, there you go.
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