Create a Dragline or Secure a Climber with the Artilleryman’s Loop

by June 17, 2011 06/17/11

Our newest Knot of the Week features an intermediary step in what we’ll be showing you next week, which is a method requested in the comments of our last KOTW to use four points to secure a load

While the intent is to show this knot used in that, The Artilleryman’s Loop is a quick method for tying a loop on a bight. Tying this loop on a bight requires your line to be free of tension, as tension would make it difficult to pull the slack needed for tying this.

The Artilleryman’s Loop can be used for creating a tie-in point on a line or dragline, securing a third climber on a line or simply making a quick drop loop for attachments or adding tension to a lashing.

Artilleryman’s Loop » Loops

(Strength: 3/Secure: 5/Stability: 4/Difficulty: 2)

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

Uses:

  • Quick tie-in point on a line or dragline
  • Secure a third climber in a string
  • Trunk line or tether line attachment point
  • Adding tension to a lashing

Tying Instructions:

  1. Create an overhand loop in a bight in your line.
  2. Flip the overhand loop on top on top of the standing part of the line.
  3. Take the lower section of the overhand loop around the back and through the original overhand loop.
  4. Pull on the created loop and the standing parts to tighten.

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Grady
Grady

The Alpine Butterfly can be. (similar but superior knot. And its takes about 10 seconds to tie one) I tied about 12 of them over a 15 foot section of chord, threw 'em around a couple of trees and they held just fine. I'm a big guy too, about 230 lbs. The only thing is that there is a significant amount of "stretch" in the chord and I need to tie the hammock a god bit higher than I intend to hang. The upside, however, is that the chords can be tied off much much longer than the slap straps so your possibilities are widened greatly.

Scott T
Scott T

Another site (and link) for the Alpine butterfly (tied around your hand) is here:

http://www.animatedknots.com/alpinebutterfly/index.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com

www.animatedknots.com rocks for some interesting illustrations of knots.

I love ITS Tactical and this knot series. I have a son who is going to be starting Boy Scouts soon and I need to learn all the knots--beyond their usefulness in a survival situation.

Thanks for a great series and a great site!

ST

Scott T
Scott T

Another site (and link) for the Alpine butterfly (tied around your hand) is here: http://www.animatedknots.com/alpinebutterfly/index.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com www.animatedknots.com rocks for some interesting illustrations of knots. I love ITS Tactical and this knot series. I have a son who is going to be starting Boy Scouts soon and I need to learn all the knots--beyond their usefulness in a survival situation. Thanks for a great series and a great site! ST

Martijn
Martijn

I believe this knot is inferior to the alpine butterfly. You already mentioned this one slipped a bit, but I managed to slip one out all the way. It just seems to be prone to slipping; I wouldn't want to use this knot in critical situations, such as the securing of a third climber to a safety line. Wikipedia reads: "It is an inferior knot to the alpine butterfly knot, possibly dangerously so, in that it can be yanked out of shape and turn into a running knot or noose", providing the book "The Art of Knotting and Splicing" by Cyrus Lawrence Day as the source.

Corbin
Corbin

I wonder if it could be used in lieu of the ENO slap strap system for their hammocks? It's cheaper, lighter weight, and can hold more weight.

Wayne K.
Wayne K.

This is a good knot to know but I agree with Steven. Plus many, most, or all knots have different ways of tying them, all arriving at the end result--some, I couldn't tie one way with 10 minutes of study, while another way, I picked up in 30 seconds. I know one way to tie the alpine butterfly around one hand in less than 5 seconds--here is a link to show several methods: "http://www.layhands.com/Knots/Knots_SingleLoops.htm" without the quotes, of course. Now, I'm not knocking this one and look forward to all the KOTW. Keep it up.

Steven
Steven

The alpine butterfly is a similar knot, and I believe it is more stable and symmetrical, making it a better choice for these uses, perhaps.

Grady
Grady

They can be. I tied about 12 of them over a 15 foot section of chord, threw 'em around a couple of trees and they held just fine. I'm a big guy too, about 230 lbs the only thing is that there is a significant amount of "stretch" in the chord and I need to tie the hammock a god bit higher than I intend to hang. The upside, however, is that the chords can be tied off much much longer than the slap straps so your possibilities are widened greatly.

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Very interesting suggestion Corbin! We'll have to try that out when we put together the ENO review we're working on.

John Galt
John Galt

Thanks, that was a very handy link. I love these articles and the discussions.

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