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Re: Knot failures
I never focused on knots until I started climbing. People ask "but how do you know the knot is good?" They are right, there is zero tolerance for mistakes. You check your work, every time.
I don't think I've ever had a knot fail, excluding a few mistakes with 6-pound mono when I forgot my glasses!
Clove hitches can slip on large diameter piles; the knot dynamic changes. Back it up by tying off the tail.
That's exactly what happened. It was a 10-12" piling.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.