Knot of the Week: Tape Knot

by May 11, 2009 05/11/09

We’d like to introduce our first Knot of the Week mini-series, climbing knots. We’ll be reviewing some of the most common and useful knots used in climbing and mountaineering for the next few weeks.

Today we start with the Tape Knot. The Tape Knot is a quick and simple knot which only slightly differs from the traditional overhand knot or water knot. A Tape Knot is tied with tubular webbing, which is sometimes  referred  to as tape. Tubular webbing is used in climbing to make slings, runners and anchors due to its strength, surface area and ability to lie flat.

We’ll be using the Tape Knot in our demonstration to not only show how to tie it, but also how to join opposite ends of webbing together to make a sling, runner or anchor.

Tape Knot » Bend

(Strength: 2/Security: 3/Stability: 2/Difficulty: 2)

Please refer to our  Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.

Make sure the initial Tape Knot is tied loosely so the opposite end of the webbing can be threaded through easily.


  • Making a sling, runner or anchor
  • Join two ropes
  • A knot less likely to get caught when getting pulled over rocks


  1. Start with a simple overhand knot in the tubular webbing
  2. Ensure you leave at least an 8 inch tail on the working end
  3. Thread what was the standing end behind the working end
  4. Continue to trace the original knot ensuring the webbing is flat
  5. Ensure you wind up with equal tails at least 8 inches in length
  6. Backup the knot with an overhand knot on each side of the tape knot

View the gallery below and follow along with the steps above!

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Check back next week as we continue our Knot of the Week mini-series with the Figure Eight Knot

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9 years of rope rescue, never heard this called a tape knot. How does this differ from a water knot aside from the safety knots? I've always known this as a water knot. Great photos though.


I apologise,I made this call only after looking at the final knot in which it is being pulled tight therefore distorting the knot. Please delete my post


Hiya, found this while googling to find instructions for the water knot. This does not appear to be a water knot as they usually end up as a right angle (as in there is a 45 degree angle between entry and exit on either side). (References: Storm Response, Urban Search and Rescue training, New Zealand)

Mike Pollock
Mike Pollock

I think another name for this is the "water knot"

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