Backpacker magazine's Outdoor Knots: The Knots You Need To by Clyde Soles

By Clyde Soles

Backpacker's outside Knots presents readers step by step directions for tying the main beneficial knots and hitches, splices and lashings for the outside; information at the top form of rope and knot for every activity handy; the best way to accurately organize, coil, and preserve ropes for sturdiness and reliability. this convenient pocket-sized consultant is ninety six pages, comprises popouts, and accommodates colour pictures, charts, and illustrations as wanted in the course of the interior.

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Indd 23 23 8/30/10 2:38 PM 2. The working end then goes to the harness, or around an anchor, and back into the knot. 3. Retrace the first knot with the rope. 4. To finish the knot, snug the strand pairs. indd 24 8/30/10 2:38 PM Slip Knot The humble slip knot is remarkably versatile. It can be used as a quick-release, a simple noose, a basic pulley, or as a stopper in the end of a rope. Depending on your need, the slip knot can be tied with either the working end or the end forming the loop. Some knotophiles give these two variations different names, but most of us call them both a slip knot.

Indd 51 51 8/30/10 2:39 PM 3. Adjust the length of the rope as needed, then snug both strands up tight. Another frequent use for the clove hitch is anchoring to a tree or other fixed object. This can be a fast attachment that is still easy to adjust. 1. Pass the line behind the object. The working end then goes around the standing part of the line. Pass the working end back behind the object and through the bight. indd 52 8/30/10 2:39 PM 2. Tighten the clove hitch by pulling on the standing part of the line.

The key point is the knot must be snugged very tightly from both sides. And leave tails at least 9 inches long. 2. When ropes are different diameters, the thinner line should be on the bottom. 3. Finished flat overhand bend. indd 19 19 8/30/10 2:38 PM Chapter Three Loop Knots Overhand Loop The simplest of loop knots, it’s also one that creates a lot of frustration. The overhand loop has the unfortunate tendency to practically weld itself into a rope when any part of it is pulled hard. In some cases, it’s better just to give up and use a knife to cut off the loop.

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