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    looking for a quick release tarp knot

    Hey guys, I am looking for a quick release knot, or one that is really easy to untie and retie when using tarps. I used to have a print out of the "ray jardine butterfly knot", but seem to have lost it and he only publishes it in one of his books. Any suggestions?
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    This video from Brandon at Warbonnet shows a good way...


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    Stevebo, the Ray Jardine "Butterfly knot" is a quick release clove hitch. Go ahead and twist your two loops for a standard clove hitch, then make a loop around your pinky with the free end and take the end in between the two loops; insert your peg/stake into the two loops and pull tight. Hope this helps. I use knot frequently and find that it always unties as it should.

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    The evenk hitch or siberian hitch is a good one for securing the line to the tree. Ray Mears shows it in his videos.
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    Slippery tautline hitch is da bomb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuctTape View Post
    Slippery tautline hitch is da bomb.
    Yup. What I use.

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    +1 on the evenk/siberian hitch.

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    About a week ago I discovered two videos on youtube posted by swissgearlabs and titled Bushcraft Knots Tutorial. Centered on setting up a tarp.

    They are quite good with very clear demonstrations of how to tie the knots. All the knots mentioned in the previous responses to this thread are mentioned and demonstrated.

    The first video , Bushcraft Knots Tutorial - about 11:27

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_-CwJNEkcs

    The second video, Bushcraft Knots Tutorial 2: Alternative Trucker's Hitch Variants - mostly shows an alternative way to tie the trucker's hitch that is easier to release than the version shown in the first video, the difference in the new version is that he uses the butterfly knot to make the loop used with the trucker's hitch, or alternately the bowline as the loop - 5:25

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ny-a9PPLT4

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    A nudda vote for the slippery taught line hitch. Fast and tight.
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    I like a Dutch Flyz on my tarp ridgeline.

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