A Guide to Basic Tree Climbing Knots


Great outdoor sports and recreational activities like tree climbing can really be fun-filled. Tree climbing is a great form of exercise because you are able to use a lot of muscles that are not used in everyday life. But climbing a tree isn’t just standing under the tree and climbing branch to branch. Safety should come first and responsible tree climbing comes with wearing necessary climbing gears and obviously using ropes. Before you decide to climb a tree, you should be well equipped with knowledge on which tree climbing knots are the right knot to be used in the right situation. There are a lot of tree climbing knots that are used for different purposes.

Some of the knots covered at this site include:

The Figure of 8 Knot, commonly used as stopper knot. It is often called the Flemish knot or just simply eight. Compared to Overhand knot, Eight knot requires more ropes and is a little harder to tie but is comparably stronger. The Figure of eight knot is also more reliable and has lesser potential of damaging the rope compared to Overhand knot.


The Bowline Knot is said to be the most important type of knot a serious climber should know about. It is often used in attaching a throwline to a throwbag and tying off of pieces while rigging. It is also used to attach climbing line to carabiner. This type of knot is very easy to untie but may work loose due to creeping.


We describe The Prusik Knot that was named after its alleged inventor, Dr. Karl Prusik. It is a very useful tree climbing knot. It allows the climber to climb a rope a lot easier. In cases of rescue operations where the rescuer needs to be pulled up, a pulley block purchased can be attached using the prusik loop.


Also we teach you how to tie The Klemheist Knot, equally as useful as the Prusik Knot. Actually, it is almost the same as the prusik knot but it is easier to tie and untie. Basically, it works by giving a tight grip on the rope when weight is applied and moves easily when the weight is released.

The Klemheist Knot

The Double Fisherman’s Knot was named because of its usability. It’s the favorite type of knot that fishermen use to join together two fishing lines. It is extremely useful as on split-tail climbing system when used as an end line knot.

Double Fisherman’s Knot

The Clove Hitch Knot – a type of knot that is used by arborist to send their things or equipments to the top of the tree. It is generally useful in a lot of situations. It is very easy to tie and untie. Unfortunately, this knot can slip or loosen so it should not be used as a lone anchor especially if using a split tail climbing system.


Next up – The Blake Hitch Knot which is designed to make climbing a tree a lot easier. It is a good alternative to taut line hitch. It creates a perfect hold and it does not roll. It allows you to descend faster by lightly pulling down on the top turns while releasing the drags.


Truly, tree climbing is a true test of strength and stamina plus courage. You may need all of these but being equipped with knowledge on how to tie a knot and when to use it is equally important. Courage is what it takes to reach the canopy and knots are what help you save your life.