CMC / Denver Group

Knot Tying School



The Denver Group of The Colorado Mountain Club will offer a two night class on tying knots. This is an opportunity for students who wish to continue their climbing education to prepare for advanced classes like BMS, HAMS, and the various Rock Climbing schools offered by the Tech Section.

Instructors from many schools will be on hand to assist students while they learn knots appropriate to all facets of climbing. Once students have mastered a set of basic knots common to all schools, they can concentrate on intermediate and advanced knots in one or more disciplines. This is also a great time for climbers to refresh skills that have become a bit rusty over the years. All CMC members are welcome.

Topics covered include

* Ropes, a brief history of climbing ropes, including a look at the core of a modern climbing rope
* Coiling, including various methods taught by the CMC
* Uses for knots, including why we tie the ones we do in a given situation
* Webbing, and how to tie knots with webbing
* Cord, and how to tie knots with smaller diameter cord, and when to use it
* Basic knots, common to all climbing situations &
* Intermediate level knots, specific to BMS, HAMS, and Tech Section Rock Climbing Schools
* Care for ropes

Students will first master several basic knots, and then have the opportunity to learn various knots of their choosing with instructors who specialize in those knots. Students who complete the class will receive a certificate upon graduation.

All students will receive a copy of the textbook for the course: The Outdoor Knots Book (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics) by Clyde Soles, a $12.95 value.

Students will also receive an 8’ section of used 11mm practice rope, a 6’ section of brand new 5mm cord for a prussik, and a 6’ section of brand new 1” webbing for a runner. Students will also receive a discount coupon from a local mountaineering store.

The course consists of two lectures start and last for approximately 2-3 hours. Students are divided into small groups of 2-3 people per instructor, based on instructor availability.

Tuition is $40 for Denver group members, $45 for other CMC group members. Standard CMC tuition refund policy applies.


The correct link to sign up for the class is here:



If you would like to practice some knot tying beforehand, this is a link to the Trad Lead Climbing School knot review: