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Thursday, October 30, 2014

LET'S GET KNOTTY - BASIC KNOTS, PART 3 OF 3 - "BOWLINE KNOT"

The 'Bowline' knot.  Possibly one of the most important and useful of the knots.  It allows you to tie a fixed loop on the end of the rope or secure a line around an object.  Not only is this a very strong and secure knot, but it is easily removed even when it has been under stress.    

Some useful applications could include:  towing a vehicle, various maritime applications, a bowline on two different ropes or line gives you the ability to link them together, rescue scenarios, and camping uses such as setting up a tarp.

Here is a trick to remember the steps to tying this knot. 
     After making the first initial loop with the long end, the tag or working end will be called the "rabbit", the loop will be the "hole", and the long end, the "tree".  So it goes something like this...the rabbit comes up through the hole, around the tree, and back down the hole.
     





Begin by creating a loop with the long end on the underside of the loop.



With the tag end ("rabbit") bring it up through the loop ("hole").


Bring the tag end ("rabbit") behind the long end ("tree").


Run the tag end ("rabbit") around the long end ("tree") and back up through the hole.





Pull the tag and long ends so the knot starts to settle on itself. 




Pull the loop to make it secure.


Your knot should look similar to this.








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