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Water Bottle Knot

Water Bottle Knot

The water bottle knot is a handy knot that easily slips and tightens over the neck of most water bottles. This allows you to form a belt loop as pictured above, or create a long tether to let the bottle cool in a creek or a stream. Below are the step-by-step instructions on how to tie this handy knot: Step 1: Start with a length of cord and form a loop. Make the ends longer if you intend to tie…

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Loop Knot

Loop Knot

The simple loop knot is really nothing more than an overhand knot on a doubled-up piece of rope. It’s a quick knot that can be done one-handed and untied easily, but it’s not a very good knot for long-term or load-bearing use. It can come in handy for clothes lines, taking the slack out of longer ropes, and hanging gear in a tent. But it should not be used for climbing or boat mooring. For these load-bearing activities, go with…

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Overhand Knot

Overhand Knot

The overhand knot (or simple knot) is the most basic of the knots. Most people are familiar with this knot…and only this knot, as the shoe-tying knot. By itself it is a very reliable knot for securing lashes on packs, guide wires on tents, and strings on packages. It’s also very useful as a component of other knots such as stop knot, a slip knot, the double-knot, or the fisherman’s knot. Below are the steps of this basic knot, although…

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Timber Hitch Knot

Timber Hitch Knot

The timber hitch knot is a surprisingly simple yet very effective knot for lashing, hoisting, and dragging cylindrical objects. The real benefit of the knot is the greater the pull and strain on the rope, the tighter and stronger the knot’s hold gets. However, if the strain is reduced on the rope as it could be with non-cylindrical loads, then it will loosen the knot. As the name implies, this could be a useful knot to haul timbers when building…

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Figure Eight Knot

Figure Eight Knot

The figure eight knot is a handy knot used by climbers, campers, and hikers that want a reliable loop knot. It’s easily checked by its figure-8 to see if it was tied correctly. It can be used for lifelines and safety harnesses and is a sturdy knot that won’t slip. It can not be tied under a load which is one of its few downsides. The figure eight loop can be tied at the rope’s end or in the middle…

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Clove Hitch Knot

Clove Hitch Knot

The clove hitch knot is a quick and easy knot to tie. You can use the clove hitch to fasten rope to a post or pole. It’s best used is a situation where you can keep tension on both ends of the rope. This knot can be unreliable and may slip if the tension on the rope is uneven or fluctuating. Many mariners shy away from the clove hitch because it can slip. When camping, a clove hitch can come…

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Prusik Knot

Prusik Knot

The Prusik Knot (sometimes called a triple sliding hitch) is a slide and grip knot. It was developed by Dr. Prusik of the Austrian Mountaineer Club as a means to attach to a vertical rope for climbers. I’ve also read instances where it has been used to climb a mast of a sailboat. The strength of this knot is that it forms a coil of rope on either side of its loop allowing it to grip when a load is…

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Bowline Knot

Bowline Knot

The Bowline knot (pronounced “Bohl-Lin”) is known as the king of knots. It’s very reliable and is a good knot for making secure loops in a piece of rope. It can be tied and untied quickly with no load on the rope, but can not be tied with a load. This is a good long term knot that will not slip, and will get stronger under an increased load. Be careful with this knot when the load varies continuously or…

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Square Knot

Square Knot

The square knot (also referred to as a “reef knot”) is best known for its uses in tying parcels or the triangular first-aid bandage knot. It’s a simple knot to learn and it’s reliable when tying similar materials together. This knot can slip easily and may come undone under moving loads, so be careful as to which applications you chose to use it for. Because it is easy to adjust and is reliable under a steady load, an arm sling…

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Linemans Loop Knot

Linemans Loop Knot

The Lineman’s Loop Knot or Alpine Butterfly knot is considered to be the knot of choice for many climbers and hikers. It is very reliable and can be tied at the end or in the middle of the rope. It can be made into a reliable foothold, mooring, or carabiner hanging point. This loop knot is handy when you don’t have access to the ends of the rope. It can take load in all 3 directions without slipping, and it’s…

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