There are a lot of cool things about rock climbing, from the full-body fitness required to make it up many climbs, to the incredible ways that climbers can manage to keep their bodies on the rock, but one of the most underrated things about climbing has got to be the knots. After all, these knots aren't just keeping shoes on your feet or a trash bag closed – they're capable of keeping the full weight of a body from dropping right off the face of a cliff.
But you don't have to ever step foot on the rock in order to take advantage of this knowledge, as most of the common rock climbing knots can be used very effectively for other, non-climbing purposes. Here's a selection of climbing knots that every guy (and gal) should know:
1. Figure Eight Knot on a Bight: The Figure Eight is an incredibly strong climbing knot, and can be tied in at least two different ways – on a bight (meaning in the middle of a rope, not the end), and with a follow-through (see below). Tying a Figure Eight Knot on a bight can be a strong, quick solution to create a loop for securing an object, and it's also really simple to tie. Watch the simple instructions below: