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The double overhand knot makes one of the best knots to tie at the end of any rope. Although it makes a fairly bulky knot, the knot is easy to tie. 

In climbing scenarios, the knot comes in handy when setting up to rappel. Also, most climbers use the double overhand at the end of their climbing rope on the belay side when climbing top-rope. When building anchors, the knot is used at the end of any other finishing knot. In this article, we will focus on showing you how to tie the double overhand stopper knot. 

Step by Step Guide on How to Tie the Double Overhand Knot

Whether you are using your beginner climbing rope or a normal rope, the following steps should help you tie the double overhand stopper knot: 

  1. At the end of your rope, make a loop and feed the end into it. 
  2. Take the end outside the loop and then pass it through one more time. 
  3. Pull both ends of the rope to tighten the climbing knot. When tightened correctly, the 2 turns should come close together. 

Double Overhand Stopper Knot Variations 

The double overhand knot has 2 main variations – the overhand knot and the triple overhand knot. If you like to put on your climbing shorts and climbing shoes and reconnect with nature through rock climbing, knowing how to tie these 2 knots is important. 

How to Tie the Overhand Knot 

Compared to the double overhand, the overhand knot is simpler. However, it is very secure. The steps below will help you tie the knot: 

  1. At the end of your rope, form a loop. 
  2. Tuck the end through the formed loop. 
  3. Holding the end, pull the knot tight

Note: The main difference between the overhand knot and the double overhand knot is that for the double overhand, you will have to tuck the end of the rope through the loop twice before pulling the knot tight. For the overhand knot, you tuck the end only once before pulling tight. 

Triple Overhand Knot 

Compared to the double overhand, the triple overhand knot is bulkier and more complex. However, when used as a stopper knot, it is generally more secure. 

  1. Close to the end of your rope, make a coil. 
  2. Make 2 more coils similar to the first one. 
  3. Tuck the end of the rope through the 3 coils and then pull to tighten the knot. 

Pros and Cons of the Double Overhand Stopper Knot

As you will see below, the double overhand knot features more benefits than limitations. This makes it one of the best knots for anyone looking for something functional and secure. 

The Pros 

  • Being simple, you can tie the knot in the dark, one-handed, or while wearing your climbing gloves or mitts. 
  • The knot is strong even when used under dry, frozen, or wet conditions. 
  • If you tie it correctly, the knot does not undo easily. This guarantees climbing safety
  • Compared to other climbing knots, the knot does not jam easily. It can slip effortlessly over edges. This makes your climb much easier. 

The Cons 

  • Once tied, the knot is often difficult to untie. 

Where Do You Use the Knot? 

The double overhand stopper knot has numerous uses. However, the main uses include: 

  • It is often used in rope halters. 
  • It can be used in beading and making bracelets. 
  • It is a perfect knot for connecting rappelling ropes. 
  • It offers a quick and easy way to connect two ropes for the abseil. 
  • It is an ideal backup to other knots that are tied directly to the climbing harness or the carabiner. 

Knots Often Based on the Double Overhand 

The double overhand provides a basis for other important knots. These include: 

  • Surgeon’s knot – Usually connecting 2 ropes, the surgeon’s knot makes use of the double overhand to improve on friction. 
  • Double fisherman’s knot – This knot uses a couple of the double overhand, with one being tied around the standing part of another. 
  • Figure 8 Bend – This knot is extremely helpful when it comes to seizing ends securely. 
  • Double overhand loop knot – This fishing knot is the double overhand which is tied on a bight. 

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When used at the end of the rope, the double overhand knot is generally referred to as a closing system. It helps improve safety. For example, if the rope is too short, the knot will help with blocking the rope from coming out of the belay or rappel device. 

If you have never tied the double overhand before, the instructions in this article should make the entire process much easier. While untying the knot may take some extra time, the reliability and safety offered by the knot make it worth using. 

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