The 4 Knot Strategy by Dale Berry

The 4 Knot Strategy

Out on my rock face, clinging on for dear life, I needed an anchor point. The storm had well and truly broken and my parade was in danger of more than just a soaking. It was well on the way to being completely washed away!

That first rope, graciously lowered down allowed me to get the ‘thank God’ attachment back to solid rock that I needed. It gave my senses an anchor point I could relate to.

Alpine butterfly– I’m safely linked in and, “on belay!” A small yet perfect beginning to this new route.

Having caught my breath, I could see fellow climbers. Not only was I now tied in, I had companions too! I began to realise how much was already in place. It had been there for quite some time, just waiting for that break in the clouds to be seen.

When I was ready to move forward again, experienced leaders above helped me work out my next holds in safety.

Italian hitch– Feeding the rope steadily as I get closer to the stance, it’s my pitch soon.

Out of the middle of the rope and onto the sharp end, it’s time for a different knot. Figure of Eight or Bowline, it’s up to you.

At the start of this new pitch, my belayers voice steadily rings out

“Climb when ready.”

The point of no return has once more been reached; is this a glory pitch?


It is when I follow the right guide.

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. – Luke 6:40

Dale Berry writes from Northgate Church

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