Zeppelin bend

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Zeppelin bend
Zeppelin Bend Final.jpg
Names Zeppelin bend, Rosendahl bend
Category bend
Related Zeppelin loop, Hunter's bend
Releasing Non-jamming
Typical use Connecting two ropes

A Zeppelin bend is an excellent all purpose bend: it is a secure, easily tied, and jam-proof way to connect two ropes. Though its simplicity and security are matched by many other bends, it is unique in the ease with which it is untied, even after heavy loading. It is also referred to as a "Rosendahl bend", both names stemming from its use to moor airships (Zeppelin being a synonym for airship, and Charles Rosendahl being the airship captain who popularized this bend by insisting it be used to moor his craft).


Zeppelin bend step by step
  • Form a half-hitch in each of the ends of rope
  • Overlay one hitch on the other, such that the working end of each rope faces "outwards" or away from the other hitch
  • Pull either loose end once around the half-hitch in the other rope, and then through the "tunnel" created by the two hitches
  • Repeat with the other loose end
  • Pull on the standing parts to tighten the knot.


  • Pull simultaneously on the two turns that go around the standing parts.

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