One of AstroCamp’s best activities is our ropes course! From zipline to skycoaster, we encourage kids to push themselves to overcome the challenge. But there’s a lot of unseen work that goes into setting up these activities! One of the most important jobs is getting all the knots tied!
We use an assortment of different knots on our ropes courses. If you want a step-by-step instruction of how to tie a few of them, check out the video above!
The “Figure-8” and “Figure-8 on a Bight” knots feature heavily on the ropes course. They’re easy and strong knots, and feature heavily in rock climbing. The allow us to connect carabiners to the participants. The Figure-8 on a Bight is usually accompanied by some sort of stopper knot to prevent the line from slipping. If you’ve ever been attached to a rope at AstroCamp, it’s most likely been via this knot!
The third knot we show in the video is the “Alpine Butterfly.” It’s a unique knot in that it can be tied at any point on the rope without needing to access either end. It creates a fixed loop, where a carabiner or another rope can be attached. We use this knot on the skycoaster to retrieve the line after you’ve pulled the release cord. It’s also how we attach you to the haul rope that you use to get the skycoaster participant up into the air in the first place!
There are quite a few other knots that we use on the ropes course, but these are three of the most common. With just a small length of rope, you can practice them and become a ropes master!
Written By: Scott Yarbrough