Last edited by BillyBob58; 01-14-2013 at 23:01.
Apparently, signature that I used from 2006 no longer tolerated so now deleted.
Anything that can be spliced, will be spliced in my rig. I like the fact splices, properly done, will lose minimal breaking strength, whereas a knot can lose you 50% of BS. I got no love for knots. That Hennessy knot is a special pain in the butt when it comes to suspension adjustability.
I carry a small selection of continuous loops, dogbones and soft shackles. One time I forgot my whoopies (not the straps), and was up and hanging in no time on a few continuous loops and a soft shackle.
I carry a laminated placard in my pack with instructions for all the knots that are useful to me, but I just don't practice them enough to remember them.
Interesting thread. A lot of us started using knots and some are still in use, despite whoopieslings/ucr and all...
Rethinking my setup and the knots, I came to realize the following
Whoopiesling larksheaded (knot?) to a treehugger. Two times (head and foot end)
Tarp ridgeline: Evenk hitch and two half hitches (head and foot end). Two knots.
Two loops (double fisherman's knot) are prussiked on the tarp ridgeline (4 knots)
8 loops (double fisherman's knot) are prussiked on the 8 guylines which are larksheaded to the loops on the tarp. The end of the guylines have a bowline
In my book that's plenty of knots... I just don't tie 'em everythime I setup camp
I'm brain-dead when it comes to knots. When I camp, I actually carry a Zune with a video on it of how to tie a slip-knot. I also got from Amazon one of its "free apps of the day" an Android App on how to tie knots, it actually has videos of how to tie various knots.
But even with all that...I still can't tie a knot! Here's a link to the knot app
I LOVE knots. If possible, I like to add a diamond knot here, Prussic there, I think it adds a little cache to my setup. Just as long as it doesn't add unnecessary weight. Amazing what a Turks head will do to liven up the place.
To the pessimist the glass is half empty, to the optimist half full. To the engineer the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Lifelong Scout and Scouter here...I have every intention of using non-stretching marine grade nylon rope and any number of hitches and lashes to get my hammock up this spring.
Only thing about nylon line though...it's slippery and I don't like it for that reason. I suppose I could use good ol' manila, but we'll see when we get there.
I also teach knots as a sideline (professionally, go figure!) and you'd be amazed at the number of people that come to my store clinics to learn the basics. It's definitely a lost art, unless you're in a scout uniform.
I prefer to remain an enigma.
I don't tie knots because no matter how many times I practice I just can never seem to get them right. I don't trust myself to hang from knots that I tie so my rig is no knots.
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