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How to whip a rope

There are many approaches to whipping a rope, but the one that’s used for the hundreds of lashing ropes in the pioneering area at national jamborees, as well as the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, is known as the West Country Whipping. What’s so special about this whipping? The answer is simple. It’s easy to teach and easy to tie, and most importantly, it’s easy to make tight. Hence, Scouts learn it more quickly and like it much better.

  1. Start by tying a half-knot, the way you would start a square knot, near the rope’s end.
  2. Continue by carrying the two ends of the whipping cord around the back of the rope, away from you, and tie another half-knot identical to the first.
  3. Keep repeating the half-knots, front and back, pulling each one tight.
  4. Form each half-knot the same way, either right over left, or left over right, so they interlock neatly together, and snug against the previous half-knot.
  5. Continue the process until the whipping is as wide as the rope’s diameter.
  6. Finish off with a tight square knot.
  7. Finally, the excess cord is trimmed.

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