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 trails, gathering firewood, or hoisting logs to higher elevations.
Here’s how to tie this knot…
Timber Hitch – Step 1:
Locate the center of gravity for the cylinder that you wish to drag or hoist. Feed the rope under the object (as pictured), leaving yourself enough rope to tie the knot.
Timber Hitch – Step 2:
Wrap the end of the rope around the hoisting end and twist the end like a braid down along the cylinder.
Timber Hitch – Final:
Weave the last bit of the rope around itself and pull the hoisting end through the loop at the top. This will tighten around the load.
Be careful not to stand near or under a load that is being hoisted, as even a reliable knot can fail when the load shifts.
A timber hitch is a good knot that can be quickly tied and untied. It’s really not much use for uneven or non-cylindrical loads, so be careful to evaluate its use before implementing.