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MIS301 – Arborist Knots (2nd ed.) (Non-Member Price)

A Minimum Industry Standard for Arborist Knots


This book covers the basics of knot selection and knot tying, and presents the range of core knots every competent arborist should know. Many other knots exist, some of which may be superior to these core knots for specific work tasks or functions – the knots presented form a solid foundation on which practitioners can build. 


Users are advised to consult MIS302 Arborist Ropes for more details about rope type, rope properties and rope inspection. Details of the use of knots for climbing and rigging operations are contained within the relevant MISs for those work tasks.


About the MIS Series


This book is one in a series of Minimum Industry Standards (MIS) produced by Arboriculture Australia Ltd and the New Zealand Arboricultural Association in consultation with the national arboriculture community in both countries. These industry peer-reviewed documents provide a ‘body of knowledge’ which is shared by practitioners and can be used as the basis for training, dissemination of skills and professional development.

MIS301 – Arborist Knots (2nd ed.) (Non-Member Price)

  • Knots for arboriculture

    Rope terminology and knot tying principles

    Types of knot

    Tying knots


    • Bowline
    • Running bowline
    • Bowline on a bight
    • Alpine butterfly
    • Scaffold knot
    • Figure-8 loop

    Stopper knots

    • Double-overhand knot


    • Clove hitch
    • Cow hitch with a better half
    • Timber hitch
    • Round turn and two half-hitches
    • Girth hitch
    • Constrictor knot
    • Marlinspike hitch
    • Pre-knots – half-hitch and marline hitch
    • Rolling hitch


    • Twin bowline bend
    • Sheet bend and slippery sheet bend
    • Zeppelin bend
    • Double fisherman’s bend
    • Flemish bend

    Friction hitches

    • English prusik hitch
    • Blake’s hitch
    • Klemheist
    • Valdôtain Tresse (VT)
    • Distel hitch
    • Schwäbisch hitch
    • Knut
    • Munter hitch
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