Getting to grips with some basic knots is an important part of learning the rock climbing ropes. Not to get too serious, but the right knot can save your life.

Don’t worry, your climbing instructor will always make sure you’re safely roped up when you’re starting out, but as your confidence and skills grow, you’ll want to have a good selection of knots at your fingertips. And once you’ve mastered them? The mountains (or the climbing wall) are your oyster.

We take a look at the seven most common rock climbing knots you might need on your adventures.