Wandering the Edges the other day, a friend on the MR team showed me his ‘ski-mo’ way of tying a bowline (ie it can be done in big gloves). For someone that has spent 40 years making the rabbit come out the hole and go round the tree …. this was a religious moment !!
* okay you may need to remove gloves to tie the stopper knot …. but probably not if you’re using >7.5mm rope (as opposed to the cord in these pics)
** the tail emerging from the stopper knot on a bowline should be longer than 10x the diameter of the rope
***always always always tie a stopper knot on a bowline that has a human attached to it ….. i witnessed a fatal climbing accident at an indoor wall door when a bowline unthreaded whilst the climber was lowering off the wall