Knots

Knowing a few knots is super useful – not just in backpacking scenarios, but in life in general. These knots are as useful for fixing things to car rooftops as they are for backpacking. A length of cord can serve many purposes, it is only the knots that transform a piece of core into something of use. In the context of backpacking they have been categorized in terms of usefulness. See here for knot terminology.

Essential Knots

Really useful knots

Accessories & Cheating

 

Truckers Hitch

In this example, we lift a roll of duct tape, however, the Truckers Hitch is devised to lift much heavier objects. Take a bight of rope in reach and create a loop. Here we use an overhand but a figure-8 on a bight is probably better. Loop the rope though, …

Knot Terminology

There is a bunch of knot terminology. Below are some key knot terms: Bight, a central part of the rope Cord, para-cord for example Cinch, tightening the knot Dressing, re-arranging a knot to ensure the knot is properly tied End, standing end – opposite end to the working end (where …

Farrimond hitch

The Farrimond hitch is a great quick release and tensioning hitch. Take care when dressing this knot. It works in a very similar way to the Prussic hitch but is tied on a bight of cord and it is quick release knot. This knot requires carful dressing to ensure it does …

Sheet Bend

The sheet bend knot is a simple knot which is used to tie two ropes of unequal thickness. This knot should be used instead of the figure eight or/and square/reef knot when the cords or ropes are of a differing diameter. As suggested by the name, the thicker rope could be …

Cord Carabiner

Metal carabiners are super useful, being metal, they are not exactly lightweight, this is where a cord carabiner is a great compromise. Depending on what is being attached, different sizes can be used. See instructions on how to make the below, or alternatively, shop for them here. We recommend carrying …

Clothes Line Hang

Always carry a handful of cord loops. One use for these loops is to hang and dry clothes. See here for knot terminology. Steps are as follows: Take two loops (joined with square/reef knot), roughly 3 inches in diameter. Longer is ok. Tie them to the line with a simple …

Evenk hitch or Siberian hitch

The Evenk hitch or Siberian hitch is a great, non-slip quick release knot. Given that it is so easy to release, it is perfect for tying a non-adjustable line to a hammock or tarp. This knot is the easiest knot to tie, so practice a few times. What makes this …

Rope Care – Cord Coiling

Coiling cord after it has served its purpose avoids wasting time untangling and untwisting cords. Avoid finding that cords have become one single birds nest of cord and a messy twisted mass. This can be avoided by simply coiling cord around your hand and cinching it together. When finished with …

Klemheist hitch

The klemheist hitch is very similar to the prusik hitch. Both these knots are gripping/sliding hitches typically tied with a loop of cord to grip a rope. In order for the hitch to grip, the hitch is tied using a slightly narrower gauge cord than the rope it is gripping. …

Blake’s hitch

A Blake’s hitch is similar to the prusik hitch and the klemheist in that they are all gripping/sliding knots. Where the Blake’s hitch differs is that rather than being tied on a loop or bight of rope, the Blake’s hitch is tied with the end. Like the klemheist, load should …