Marlin spike hitch, slippery half, and prussic (prussic being my fave). If for some reason I need others, I just kind of wing it and hope for the best.
On average I use the following knots with the frequency listed. These %s are rough guesses but represent real experience recently. When I used to camp with a heavy pack, I used these same knots at different rates.
Marlin Spike Hitch- 94%
Taughtline Hitch- 2.9%
Clove Hitch- .3%
Figure Eight- .2%
I use a figure 8 knot only to secure the ends. Most of my other knows are a bowline at the end of all tie outs so I only have to slip the stakes in. I also use a voladian tresse knot for adjusting my tie outs. I find this knot works better than prussics, swaibish or kliemish knots. I am sure most of those were spelt wrong. Lol. Other than that whatever knot I feel I need at the time. Have I mentioned I am an arborist and a scout leader. I like my knots. Others are blunt hitch, two half hitches, clove hitch and butterfly are others.
Marlin spike hitch only because hammock.
Bow line, figure 8, and clove hitch are probably my three most used. I like double fisherman for making loops too.
It's been called a "Jesus Knot" because that's what you say trying to unravel the thing. Maybe should invest in one of those knot books, but its just one more thing to leave at home.
In my hammock setup, I have Bowlines (don't have to tie them regularly, though), Tautline Hitch, and Two Half-Hitches. I use the 2HH and TLH in rigging my tarp right now. My tarp rig is shockingly Dutchware-free at the moment (though my son's rig is pretty Dutchware blingy).
I'm about to spend a weekend campout teaching Webelos Scouts some outdoor skills, and we're going to do a section on knots. I'll be teaching them the three above plus the Square Knot, of course. If they grok those pretty quickly, I think I'll add a Sheet Bend and maybe a Clove Hitch.
"We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it; we go to smooth it." -- Nessmuk
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 102, Fayetteville, Arkansas
No need to, it is pretty obvious when it is explained in this video.Originally Posted by Duggie Bravo
Here is the video. I made a new one as the other would need to be edited and such anyway.
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Mind of a Rat Youtube Channel
I skimmed through this thread and didn't see it mentioned so I thought I'd share.
KNOTS GUIDE: is a great free app for android ( and I suppose iOS ) I learned of it just a week ago. Tonight I learned my new favorite hitch from this app; the Farrimond Friction Hitch.
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