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Interesting post. One

Interesting post. One correction though... The "popular in Germany" bowline is the bowline on a bight (tied by rethreading),which is the only recommended variant by at least one of the German speaking Alpenverein for tieing in (confusingly called a Doppelter Bulin, hence being mixed up with the double bowline). I use this for single pitch sport only and has two advantages: stopper knot on the outside; if the knot did loosen fully, you still end up with a regular bowline with a very long tail. I'm happy with this in a sport context with frequent tieing and untieing.