Bob Wightman

The Clove Hitch

The clove hitch is, in my opinion, a much underused knot(hitch). When used to attach to belay points its speed of tying and ease of adjustment means that a belay can be correctly set up in a fraction of the time that would be needed if something like the figure of eight were used. My own record (!) is placing two wired nuts and clipping into them with clove hitches and having the belay ready in under two minutes.

Attribute Notes
Strength 55%
Ease of Tying Very easy to tie
Recognisable Not too bad, the fact that the two ends of the rope exit in different directions differentiates it from the lark's foot.
Also known as
Usage Belays.
Advantages Can be tied one-handed.
Easy to adjust whilst still "in the system"
Disadvantages Fairly weak.