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    Best Knots to Know?

    What are the best knots to know for hammock camping?

    If you list a knot, could you list a link detailing it and its purpose?

    Thanks!

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    The ones that come to mind are:

    *this list is not complete, and knots appear in no particular order*

    Bowline Knot

    Clove Hitch

    Trucker's Hitch

    Prussik Knot/Lark's Head - The lark is the same, with only one loop

    Garda Hitch

    Figure 8 Knot

    Double Fisherman's Knot

    Constrictor Knot

    Monkey's Fist Knot - Decorative knot, but good for making pulls

    Unattached Coil - For storage

    Anchor Hitch

    Taut-Line Hitch

    Icicle Hitch

    As for when/where to use them...that's up to the situation. Maybe others will chime in and list knots I've forgotten (or don't know!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    The ones that come to mind are:

    *this list is not complete, and knots appear in no particular order*

    Bowline Knot

    Clove Hitch

    Trucker's Hitch

    Prussik Knot/Lark's Head - The lark is the same, with only one loop

    Garda Hitch

    Figure 8 Knot

    Double Fisherman's Knot

    Constrictor Knot

    Monkey's Fist Knot - Decorative knot, but good for making pulls

    Unattached Coil - For storage

    Anchor Hitch

    Taut-Line Hitch

    Icicle Hitch

    As for when/where to use them...that's up to the situation. Maybe others will chime in and list knots I've forgotten (or don't know!)
    That's a long list. I use many of those and one good thing to know with knots is how to make them slippery, or quick release, when you are going to have to untie them after they have served their purpose.

    I primarily use a slippery bowline, a multi-wrap finished with 2 half-hitches (the 2nd one slippery), a slippery double sheet bend, and a clove hitch. Sometimes I use taut line hitches, Prusik wraps/knots, a water knot, or a trucker's knot. There is another I use for tying stuff sacks to suspension lines, I think it is called a highwayman's hitch.

    You have to be careful of what knots you use where and with what type of rope or webbing. Some knots don't hold well with some materials but hold fine with others. Likewise some knots release well with some materials but you will likely never get them to release with other materials.
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    Here's a great discussion on knots:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ighlight=KNOTS
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    Only need to know one:

    Do Knot go to ground...ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Only need to know one:

    Do Knot go to ground...ever.
    Amen brother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Only need to know one:

    Do Knot go to ground...ever.
    and you call me funny...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Only need to know one:

    Do Knot go to ground...ever.
    Particularly by accident while obeying the law of gravity! Ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Only need to know one:

    Do Knot go to ground...ever.
    I fear that the Whites won't give me the luxery of hammocking every night. I haven't been through that section so I will probably get a ground mat just in case.

    FeO2

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    Quote Originally Posted by FeO2 View Post
    I fear that the Whites won't give me the luxery of hammocking every night. I haven't been through that section so I will probably get a ground mat just in case.

    FeO2
    I was worried about the Whites too, but I've been told by a few people that there is some stealth camping to be found; just have to look a little harder. However, I'll have a "just in case" too.
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