Work Item
ASTM WK62613

New Classification for Knots Used In Rope Rescue

1. Scope

1. Scope 1.1 This standard identifies, describes, lists other names of, and provides reference images of a variety of knots commonly used in rope rescue. 1.1.1 This standard is not a complete list of all knots used in rope rescue, but only those mostly commonly used. 1.2 Alternate names for knots, when they exist, are provided under the most common name. 1.3 Units the values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses after SI units are provided for information only and are not considered standard. 1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


Bend, hitch, knot, rope, rescue


Rope rescuers use a variety of knots to perform rescue operations. These knots may have several names, which leads to confusion amongst users when it comes to descriptions and applications. This guide defines many rope rescue knots, identifies each by its most common name, lists other common names, and includes a photograph of each knot to prevent ambiguity. This guide will be used by search and rescue organizations as well as others who wish to be able to clearly define what knots they refer to in training, documents, etc.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F32.03

Committee: F32

Staff Manager: Jamie Huffnagle

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 03-02-2018

Technical Contact: Steven Hudson

Item: 001

Ballot: F32.03 (19-01)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution