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    Senior Member BackPackHiker's Avatar
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    Knots-Whats your favorite

    Hello everybody,

    I was just wondering what are your favorite knots to use for your hammock setup, or even just camping in general?

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    Marlin spike hitch, truckers hitch, figure eight, prussic, and slippery half hitches I figure if I can't use one of those knots, it's not meant to be

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    Marlin spike hitch, prussic, and slippery half hitch takes care of my tarp, ridgeline(s), stakes, and suspension.
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    Dutchware

    Dutchware. I don't need no stinkin knots.

    However, I do use the Klemheist Knot for some of my Dutchware.


    With all that said, I think everyone should have basic knot knowledge. If someone steals your Dutch Bling, you're really up that proverbial creek without a paddle.
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    Figure eight on the bight, trucker's hitch, and half hitch

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    I don't understand what this phobia so many hangers have towards knots! While I admit that Dutchware is seductive enough that I have some on order, I use a few knots for my hang setups in combination with UCR's.

    To secure the end of all cords I tie a figure 8 knot and melt the end. It makes all other knots a lot more secure.

    To secure my Amsteel extensions to my short (24") webbing straps without end loops I use a sheet bend - incidently, this is easy to untie even after it has been stressed by a night of hanging.

    To secure my tarp tie outs and guy lines I normally use a round turn and two half hitches using slippery half hitches.

    To form a more or less permanent loop in any line where I'm too lazy to put in a splice (and line strength isn't critical) I use a bowline.

    I also routinely use reef (square) knots and half hitches to get loose line out of the way.

    Jungle Jim

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    Trucker's Hitch, Marlin Spike, Prussic, Taught Line, Slippery half. Love knots. Most of those can be used in many aspects of life
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    I use a Siberian hitch to start off my tarp ridgeline then I finish that off with a taut line hitch to make it easily adjustable. I attach the tarp to the ridgeline with a short piece of cord attached to the tie outs via a bowline with taut lines again to make it easy to slide the tarp wherever I need it on the ridgeline. For guy lines I use a bowline again to put the rope on the tie outs and hook it on the stake with a clove hitch. Works great and every knot is easy to untie even after a load has been out on it.

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    I love knots and practice them all the time. Keeps my hands busy. So many useful ones but a few I think should be need to know for the outdoors.

    Bowline - making a non adjustable loop
    Clove hitch - all around useful
    Trucker's hitch - tensioning a line
    Tautline hitch - for slindin adjustability
    Sheet bend - joining cordage together

    I'd also think square lashing and tripod lashing are good to know on top of these knots.
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    Taut line & marlin spike account for 90% of the knots I end up tying. My favorite is the bowline tied with one hand circa 1970. Some lessons from our youth never leave us.
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