The How to Tie a Knot post will cover what you need for 2 popular knots:
Everyone can picture this knot. The figure-eight knot can be used in a couple of ways while camping.
It’s mostly used as a stopper knot at the end of a rope under load, preventing it slipping through a device. For example, rock climbers sometimes use figure-eights to tie off rope ends to prevent them sliding through a belay device.
The figure-eight is also the foundation of a number of more complex knots, like the figure-eight loop which is useful when you need to tie a loop in the middle of a section of rope, rather than at the end.
To make a figure-eight loop, double your section of rope back on itself (forming a bight) and tie the figure-eight as normal using the doubled rope to make a strong loop.
The bowline is considered one of the most useful knots anyone can learn.
A bowline forms a strong non-slip loop at the end of a length of rope which can be easily untied and has a number of uses while camping.
You could use a bowline to form a semi-permanent loop at the end of a guy rope that has worn out.
It’s great for securing tarp.
Anytime you need a loop at the end of a rope, the bowline is your go-to.
If you struggle to remember this one, try and memorise the mnemonic:
“Up through the rabbit hole, round the big tree; down through the rabbit hole and off goes he.”
The rabbit is the working end, and the tree is the standing end.
This is a fun way to learn and remember the knot.
Start rhyming and practising and you are sure to find many other uses for this “King of Knots.”
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