By Clyde Soles
Backpacker's open air Knots presents readers step by step directions for tying the main important knots and hitches, splices and lashings for the outside; information at the top form of rope and knot for every activity handy; the way to effectively arrange, coil, and continue ropes for sturdiness and reliability. this convenient pocket-sized consultant is ninety six pages, comprises popouts, and contains colour photographs, charts, and illustrations as wanted through the interior.
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A girth hitch can be used to attach one loop to another. indd 45 45 8/30/10 2:39 PM 2. For maximum strength when connecting two loops, flip the loop forward, creating what is sometimes called a strop bend. 3. The final form is identical to a square knot. indd 46 8/30/10 2:39 PM Clove Hitch This is one of the most commonly used knots by boaters and climbers. And it is frequently needed for camping as well. The clove hitch is a fast method of attaching a line to an object. Even better, it is easy to adjust and can usually be untied without difficulty after loading.
3. This double bowline provides a bit more gripping power on slippery lines but still should be backed up with an overhand if your life depends on it. indd 35 35 8/30/10 2:38 PM Bowline on a Bight There may be times when you need two loops, instead of one, in the middle of a rope. Climbers use the bowline on a bight to clip two anchor points. This knot can also be used for a makeshift seat (a bosun’s chair) if someone needs to be raised or lowered. 1. Start by loosely tying a large overhand loop.
Start with a long bight in the rope and the working end in your right hand (or left if you prefer), pinched between thumb and fingers. 2. Move your hand over the standing part of the rope, palm facing away from you, and hook your thumb under the line. indd 28 8/30/10 2:38 PM 3. Rotate your wrist so that your palm faces up. This motion creates a loop with the working end already located inside. 4. Now the rabbit goes around the tree and back into its hole. indd 29 29 8/30/10 2:38 PM 5. If the rabbit starts from the outside, you get an inside bowline.