Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Hammock: HH Explorer Deluxe
Tarp: HH Hex Fly
Insulation: HH Supershelter
I learned them in scouts, forgot the ones I never used. When I started hanging, I relearned them via animated knots. Sometimes, I just start tying something that looks like it holds.....then I cut the rope when I'm ready to leave and swear I'm not gonna forget the right knots again.
We must all learn to live together as brothers--or we will all perish together as fools. MLK
Funny you should bring this up...I was just tweaking my tarp lines and thinking that it would be cool to get rid of any unnecessary hardware ala Ray Mears.
From my limited hammocking experience and mostly from my military experience as a communications lineman I found that I use these knots almost daily still. I am sure that others will have differing opinions, but these should get you by:
-Square Knot/Overhand (I don't really use hammocking but c'mon )
-Marlin Spike Hitch
-Taut Line Hitch
As others have said, practice every chance you get. It is fun, relaxing and surprising useful knowledge. Just hangout on Saturday morning at Lowe's/HomeDepot in the lumber load dock and you will get good real fast.
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Hammock: 1.9 SL DIY gathered end
Insulation: DIY Kmart UQ 550FP
I do not have these, but they look good
The best thing is to memorize them, but it is nice to have a refresher now and then. At one point I put pdf files on my smart phone.
For fishing and camping I like:
Improved cinch knot
Many useful knots, but most people have a "go to" list.
I use the following knots when outdoors:
Slippery half hitch (quick release for tarp stakes and excess cord line)
Clove hitch (bear bag PCT method)
Prussicks (tarp line)
bowline hitch (tarp tie outs)
square knot (if I'm combining rope)
"If you give a monkey a gun and he shoots someone, you dont blame the monkey"
The end of the world is not coming in December, it is happening now in my living room. - TFC Rick
Have a look at SB Mike's, one of our newest HF members, fantastic Stoneage Bushcraft video series at...
You might also want to view Ray Mears' knots clip....
Ray Mears / Tarp Hammock Knots
Take the time to master a few basic knots. Do them often enough and setup can becomes almost automatic, and the best thing is there's no extra weight or risk of equipment failure.
Last edited by Chard; 04-01-2011 at 18:33..