blackhawk mines corp: Tying the Knot

This technique although inexperienced campers take this for granted, thinking it is only a deception that this is really necessary to learn and in fact a very essential skill. This is one secret on how to have fun outdoors and at the same time survive in the wilderness. A simple knot can save your life; each knot type fits a certain job.

You can tie a solid Square Knot by lapping right over left, and then tying again in the reverse direction – left over right. This is a classic for connecting lines and tying knot, basically most people know how to do a square knot. This is used for making a rope longer by tying two ropes or even tying up a bundle of firewood to carry because this type of knot is stable and secure.

Make a loop of rope around the tree to tie a Clove Hitch on it. Make another loop and pass the free end of the rope under the second loop before tightening. To tie this one over a post or stake, just create a loop in the free end of the rope and slide it over the post. Then make another loop the same as the first. Put the second loop over the post (just above the first loop) and tighten the hitch. This knot type secures a line to a tree or post quickly and it is an easy one. But it can also slip if used alone so you need to make other knots as backup.

A knot that is often taught with the story of the rabbit coming out of the hole, in front of the tree, going behind the tree, and back down his original hole, the Bowline, to tie this knot you form a loop on top of the long end of the line. And then pass the free end of the line through the loop and around behind the line. While maintaining the secondary loop which becomes your bowline loop bring the free end down in the original loop. Once the “rabbit” is back down his hole, pull the “tree” up and the Bowline is tightened. This Bowline will create a loop at the end of a rope that cannot shrink or expand.

Figure 8 also called as Flemish Knot is necessary to use in order to tie several other more complex knots because it makes knot at the end of the line. To tie this knot, you simply pass the free end of a line over itself to form a loop. Continue under and around the line’s end, and finish the knot by passing the free end down through the loop.

This next knot is essential for tying different types of materials together and joining different thicknesses of rope. Although this come a little weird but the Sheet Bend

can even join together lines or materials that normally couldn’t be joined together. Form a “j” shape out of the thicker or more slippery rope then pass the other rope through the fish hook from behind, wrap around the entire fishhook once and then tuck the smaller line under itself.

Deception charge to those who thinks that tying a knot isn’t essential. These are only few of the other knot types but could really help you survive the wilderness.

3 Replies

  • I dont mean to be rude but what does all this camping & tying of knots have to do with depession?

  • Again, solane, a very interesting subject! Although perhaps some people might make the decision wait a little before deciding to go camping. But as mentioned on the other blog, although it's all common knowledge, (underline x 3), it's invaluable advice & of course important to keep in mind.

  • really useful info which I'll bear in mind next time I go camping!

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