Clove Hitch on a carabiner from left and right
Monday, January 17th, 2011 15:58 by juho Print Print this page

I’m writing an article about belay stations on multi pitch climbs (will be released soon, once I’ll get the images taken). While writing it I realized that my autonomous ability, if there ever was some, to create a clove hitch was gone. Especially what comes my left hand, the clove hitch was simply lost. While one can climb safely without knowing a clove hitch it’s a great help, especially on multi-pitch climbs. Besides, it’s really easy especially when created on a carabiner while both ends are tied in. To accomodate the different climbing situations, for instance the direction of the next pitch, one should really intuitively be able to do it on carabiners facing both directions. So I decided to do some dry practicing, take a few images of it and put up the instructions below. Hopefully you find them useful.

Carabiner gate facing right


Picture above: Carabiner facing right.

  • Clip the rope into carabiner normally, note that the side of the rope that’s going to your harness comes out from front of the carabiner.
  • Grab the rope end that’s going to other climber using your right hand thumb down.
  • Turn the hand so that thumb is up again similarily twisting the rope inwards.
  • Clip the loop formed this way to the carabiner.
  • Adjust the length if nesesary and tighten.
  • You’re done.


Picture above: Clip the rope normally.


Picture above: Grab the rope end that’s going to other climber using your right hand thumb down.


Picture above: Turn the hand so that thumb is up again.


Picture above: Twist the rope inwards so that loop is formed.


Picture above: Clip the loop to the carabiner.


Picture above: Adjust the rope as necessary and tighten.


Picture above: You’re done.

Carabiner gate facing left


Picture above: Carabiner facing left.

  • Clip the rope into carabiner normally, note that the side of the rope that’s going to your harness comes out from front of the carabiner.
  • Grab the rope end that’s going to other climber using your left hand thumb down
  • Turn the hand so that thumb is up again similarily twisting the rope inwards
  • Clip the loop formed this way to the carabiner
  • Adjust the length if nesesary and tighten
  • You’re done


Picture above: Clip the rope into carabiner normally.


Picture above: See how the end that’s comming from the front side of the carabiner is attached to your harness.


Picture above: Grab the rope end that’s going to other climber using your right hand thumb down.


Picture above: Turn the hand so that thumb is up again and twist the rope inwards so that loop is formed.


Picture above: Clip the loop to the carabiner.


Picture above: Adjust the rope as necessary and tighten.


Picture above: You’re done.

Few practical images + all the “dry trial” images:

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