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    Does anybody want to mention their favorite knots for hiking and camping? Even better would be a list of Youtube sites or other videos.
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    Truckers hitch and clove hitch you can YouTube them.
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    Just to name a few, Slipped Bunt Line Hitch, Prusik Knot, Slippery Sheet Bend aka Beckett Hitch Knot, Trucker's Hitch. Some I use with my hammock are Whoopie Slings, Marlin Spike Hitch, Soft Shackles, Continuous Loops How to run a Continuous Ridgeline. Dutch sells a lot of things that make knots almost obsolete.
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    The wrap the line around the rock six times then throw it over the tree branch knot.

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    Alpine butterfly, prussik, taught-line hitch, bowline, round turn + 2 half hitches, double overhand. Mostly, the core scout knots. Knots by grog or 3d knots are great apps to learn how to tie them. http://www.animatedknots.com/

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    Buntline hitch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Clifton View Post
    Buntline hitch.
    I also like that one... I don't use it a lot, but my mantra for remembering it is "Clove on a rope"

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    Knot answering my phone
    Knot captive to my e-mail
    Knot stuck in traffic

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCDave View Post
    Knot answering my phone
    Knot captive to my e-mail
    Knot stuck in traffic
    I was going to say tying my shoes, whatever the name is for that knot. But i like your answer better!

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    Does anyone know the name of this knot?
    knot.jpg

    It's a type of slider knot that is very close to an "improved clinch knot". But a clinch knot is usually used to tie fishing line to a fish hook, uses about 4 to 6 loops around the main line, and the knot is slid all the way down to the hook.

    But when I use this knot to tie tent guylines, only three loops are needed around the main line. Once the knot is cinched tight against the main line, the knot holds under tension. But while holding the main knot in place, it is very easy to pull the main line thru the knot to tighten or loosen the guylines.

    Like with many knots, if you fold the tail into a loop sending the tail back in the direction it came from and cinching the knot with the loop, the knot easily unties by pulling out the looped tail.

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    Bowline knot is simple, strong, and easy to untie. Easiest way to anchor a line to something.
    You can walk in another person's shoes, but only with your feet

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    Evenck hitch, bowline, clove hitch, prussik and the Canadian jam knot

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    Quote Originally Posted by HooKooDooKu View Post
    Does anyone know the name of this knot?
    knot.jpg

    It's a type of slider knot that is very close to an "improved clinch knot". But a clinch knot is usually used to tie fishing line to a fish hook, uses about 4 to 6 loops around the main line, and the knot is slid all the way down to the hook.

    But when I use this knot to tie tent guylines, only three loops are needed around the main line. Once the knot is cinched tight against the main line, the knot holds under tension. But while holding the main knot in place, it is very easy to pull the main line thru the knot to tighten or loosen the guylines.

    Like with many knots, if you fold the tail into a loop sending the tail back in the direction it came from and cinching the knot with the loop, the knot easily unties by pulling out the looped tail.
    Same one I used for fishhooks, it's an improved clinch knot as far as I can tell. You can put a whole bunch of turns on it, but some fall out. It's good to prevent line breakage under load. Never upscaled it beyond monofilament line, or tried to untie it.
    Last edited by Puddlefish; 05-02-2017 at 13:07.

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    "When you can't tie a knot, tie a lot"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveler View Post
    "When you can't tie a knot, tie a lot"
    Excellent advice... better to have a small repertoire of knots that you can tie without looking at them, tie with one hand and tie at different orientations (for instance... above your head, around a tree trunk with the standing end on the left or the right).

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    The Klutz Book of Knots is a good place to start.
    "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." ---Dr. Seuss

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    Man-o-war sheep shank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveler View Post
    "When you can't tie a knot, tie a lot"
    I find I frequently use the Gordian Knot
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    http://www.runnersworld.com/running-...-running-shoes
    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...es&FORM=HDRSC2

    There is nothing more important than good feet for a hiker. I'd make an argument that the only knots you actually need to know involve how to lace and tie your shoes to fine tune them for a perfect fit.
    There are hundreds of these articles... so poke around yourself... I think trailgroove just did a brief post about it as well.
    You can happily walk down near any trail with an empty head and wally world gear successfully if your socks and shoes are good.

    Everything else you can make up or improvise, though beyond the basics... the splicing I've picked up through hammock making has proven more useful than anything I learned in scouts on a practical level.

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