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    Grog knot app is good to have. Shows illustrated, animated versions of these knots and many more.
    Keep this in your phone as a handy guide for knots. Knots are easy to forget, as we don’t use them daily.
    Your favorite knots might not be my favorite knots and that is ok. Just get out there and have fun rigging your hammock and tarp

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    Quote Originally Posted by uninjured View Post
    Thanks Shug! That makes it clear for when using a stick I find but say if I found something immobile like a nice exposed root or small tree I could loop around, I take it I should try for a tautline hitch?
    So many ways to tie off or rig.
    I usually wrap around a root or tree if that is the case and use a timber-hitch or slippery half-hitch. Friction of my cordage helps hold it.
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    Like many others I use an MSH with the tent peg as the toggle.
    That way you can put it anywhere along the length of the guy line to suit the ground.

    If tying off to a branch/tree/stone etc a simple round turn with two half hitches seems to work. If you want to be fancy, make the second half hitch a “slippery” one.

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    Marlin spike hitch here - never saw a reason for anything more complex.
    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    It's funny that I use the MSH for my hammock suspension but never realized to use it for stakes. I feel this will solve 90%+ of my siutations. Still practicing all the various hitches although I must admit some of them are a bit tedious with 1.7mm lash-it!

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    I'm still using a Pile Hitch on my tarp stakes, and if you're using bungees in your system no need for a sliding knot, just put the stake anywhere along the line you need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uninjured View Post
    It's funny that I use the MSH for my hammock suspension but never realized to use it for stakes. I feel this will solve 90%+ of my siutations. Still practicing all the various hitches although I must admit some of them are a bit tedious with 1.7mm lash-it!
    When it's really cold, you might have an issue tying a marlin spike hitch to your stakes. However, in my opinion, if it's that cold, you're gonna have an issue tying any knot to your stakes, and the marlin spike hitch is by far the easiest.
    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Fariors knot or the truckie hitch are my favorites - truckie hitch allows you to use the knot as a pulley that is "self tensioning" or holds the tension you apply.

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    I've been using a marlinspike hitch at the tarp (on a bit of rope with a knot in the end. Works well, and means I don't have to go all the way out to the peg to adjust it.

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    Thanks to @OCDave's vote of confidence, I started splicing 2-4" loops in the ends of my 4-12' lash-it lines. All of my lines had bowlines in them on one side and splicing with some old guitar E string wire seems to be working fairly well and mildly addicting to boot. I read a comment somewhere here that someone puts a 2" loop on one end and a 4" on the other and they find it handy. What do y'all think? Loops on one end or both, and how large? Do you find it gets in the way of any hitches? I don't think they'd affect MSH's at least...

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