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A Euro death-knot is a class of abseiling (rapelling) flat bend knots used by some modern rock and alpine climbers to join two ropes together. While some Euro Death-knots have the advantage of pulling more cleanly after a rapel and thus may avoid binding and becoming difficult to retrieve, some of these knots can also invert leading to catastrophic knot failure (capsizing), thus the tongue-in-cheek nickname for this group of flat bends. In particular, the flat figure eight is notorious for rapel failure and should be avoided.

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