Have you ever wanted to learn how to tie knots? In this short video I’ll demonstrate how to tie 14 Great Camping Knots.
Included in the video are the Half Hitch, Two Half Hitches, Square Knot, Clove Hitch, Slip Clove Hitch, Taut Line, Figure Eight, Bowline, Alpine Butterfly, Sheet Bend, Double Sheet Bend, Prusik, Constrictor, and of course the Canoeman’s Knot (aka the Highwayman’s Knot).
If you’d like to learn how to do more with rope or cordage than to just tie your shoes, or if you’re planning to go out camping (especially wilderness camping), it’s probably a good idea to learn a few new skills. Most camping knots are actually pretty simple to learn as long as you pay attention to the details and then practice.
You don’t need to learn all of these to impress your friends, but if you pick a couple and have them under your belt you’ll be better prepared to set up your tent or tie your canoe off.
I recommend you learn two camping knots to begin with, try the Alpin Butterfly (which is great for hanging a bear barrel) and the Tautline (can be used for securing tent lines), once you have those under your belt add the Sheet Bend. The Sheet Bend is a very valuable one to know because it’s used to join two pieces of rope together.
Of course, if you’re planing to go out into an area where climbing skills are required, then you’ll want to learn the Figure Eight, which is also included in the video. That said, if you’re planning to go out climbing for your first time, be sure to go out with someone experienced to avoid any accidents.
There are many, many more knots that you can learn which will make you a better, more skilled, wilderness traveller or camper. If you take the time to learn one or two every season, you’ll soon have the rope skills you need in most situations. I hope this video helps you on your way. Good luck.
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