Knots & Hitches: The Alpine Butterfly

Butterfly Image

The following is the first in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the figure-8, double-fisherman, ring bend- and hitches like the muenter & prussik!

Most often used when clipping into the middle of a section of rope, the alpine butterfly is a simple and effective knot. It easily handles loading from either direction. In this video, we show you how to quickly tie a butterfly and then clip into a rope for glacier travel. This is the method we most commonly use when clipping into the rope for glacier travel.

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