CMC Fundamentals: Learn Your Knots - Poacher's Knot


In this video, CMC shows how to tie a Poacher’s Knot. Essentially a loop made by tying half of a Double Fisherman’s Bend, the Poacher’s knot is a very compact knot that pulls tight and grips the object it is tied to. CMC uses it to connect the end of a mechanical advantage system to the becket on a pulley or to connect an escape line to a carabiner hook. (We learned it as Scaffold Knot but found later, Poacher’s was the correct name. The Scaffold Knot has three wraps).

If you have any questions about knots, equipment, or education, please email the CMC Instructors at or visit the CMC School page for class schedules.

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