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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LET'S GET KNOTTY - BASIC KNOTS, PART 2 OF 3 - "TAUTLINE HITCH"

Have you ever tried tying down a guy line on your tarp or tent only to have it keep slipping or you have to untie the knot to make an adjustment?  Well here is a very handy knot that allow you to make an adjustment while the knot is still tied on the line but holds tight.  Line too tight?  You can loosen it just as easily.  

The knot works by 'biting' the line while under tension.



Wrap your line around your anchor point such as a stake or a tree.

Cross the short or 'tag' or 'working' end over the top of the main line.

Cross the tag end back under the main line and up through the loop.

With the tag end, make another wrap around the main line.

The two wraps of the tag line should look like this.

After completing the second wrap, bring the tag end back down around the main line.


Finally, bring the tag end back up through the "D" shaped loop.

Pull the tag end tight so the wraps that you just completed all tighten on each other.

Your finished knot should look like this.

You should easily be able to slide the knot up and down the main line and adjust to your needs.  When the main line receives a load, the knot will cinch on itself and will stay where you put it.


"When you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on."  --Theodore Roosevelt








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