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The Marlinspike hitch is used for making a rope ladder.
- Begin with an overhand loop (a loop which the working part passes over the standing part).
- Fold the loop over the working part, towards the standing part such that the standing part is visible through the centre of the loop.
- Pass the pole over the near side of the loop, under the standing part and then over the far side of the loop.
- The hitch should be loaded only from the standing side. It's important that the actual knot lies below the rung so that it is locked into place.
Making a Ladder
The Marlinspike Hitch Knot is used to quickly grip a pole to take weight.
Correct End: For a ladder, always make the final bight in the "top" end (the standing end) and tuck it through the loop. The result will then function as a Noose: the greater the force, the tighter the grip. If the wrong end is used, the reverse is true.
Keep Level: Each rung should be horizontal. The ropes at the top of the ladder should be secured so that the rungs remain level to minimise the risk of a hitch sliding off its rung.