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By Evan1984
Sep 13, 2009
What is your reasoning behind cliping the way you do on the right? Sure, if you make sure the carabiner is not contacting anything AND you stand right by it to make sure it doesn't shift, its fine.

However, most of the time, you can go directly through the knot(still keep direction of pull in mind). Otherwise, you could use a bowline and tie off the tree or a basket hitch, which doesn't have the problem of cinching down and risking contacting the tree. Incidentally, I'm going more and more to a basket hitch because I feel it is better for the tree.
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Here is three different ways to girth hitch around a tree/boulder. I use all three ways depending on the situation. Just make sure you carabiner isn't pressing against the tree or boulder making it dangerous for the carabiner.
Then all coming into the middle, equalized and tied into a over hand knot.

Using for a forum on rc.com

Submitted By: Andrew Krosbakken on Feb 24, 2009
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