Knot tying is an outdoor skill that all campers should know before going on an adventure. There are perhaps thousands of versions of knot tying. The average camper should know how to tie a knot in a few different ways. Knot tying kits are available to buy, but it takes all the fun out of camping and tying your own knot masterpieces.
In our guide, we’ll share how to tie a knot. Below are seven useful knot ties that every camper should know. Once you know these knot tying techniques, you’ll be all set to go on your next camping adventure. Let’s begin!
Table of contents
- 1. The Bowline Knot
- 2. The Clove Hitch Knot
- 3.The Two Half Hitches Knot
- 4. The Sheet Bend Knot
- 5. The Taut Knot
- 6. The Double Fisherman’s Knot
- 7. The Figure Eight Knot
- Final Thoughts
1. The Bowline Knot
This is the most useful knot that any camper should know. The bowline knot is very secure, strong, and stable. Its most common use is to create a secure loop at the end of a line. The advantage of this type of knot is that it still unties easily even after enduring a lot of tension. The best ropes to use for bowline camping knots are WILDAIR survivor cord or TECEUM paracord ropes.
- Take one end of the first rope and create a loop.
- Make sure that the standing end of the rope is underneath the loop.
- Take the second rope and bring it through under the end of the first rope loop.
- Go around the standing part of the first rope.
- Then bring it down into the loop of the first rope.
- Fasten the knot by pulling both ends.
2. The Clove Hitch Knot
The clove hitch knot is a simple knot that can secure a rope or a pole. This knot is also easy to tie and untie. You can use SE Survivor Series 7 survivor cord or BESWIN Parachute Cord 550 as they work the best for this type of knot.
- Take the loose end of the rope around the pole.
- Bring the loose end around underneath the standing rope.
- Take the loose end and bring it around the back of the pole.
- Take the loose end and bring it down into the top loop.
- Fasten the knot by pulling both ends.
3.The Two Half Hitches Knot
This knot is usually used to tie a rope to a tree, a boat or a pole. It can also be used to act as a security knot to improve the strength of the primary knot.
- Wrap the loose end of the rope around the post.
- Take the loose end of the rope and bring it under the rope’s standing part.
- Go around and down through the loop and tighten against the pole.
- Bring the loose end back around underneath the standing rope.
- Bring the loose end over and down through the loop that you’ve just created.
- Pull the rope tight to secure it.
4. The Sheet Bend Knot
You can use this knot for tying two separate ropes together. The ropes can also be different types like SGT Knots Tarred Twine ropes or Rapid Rope Multipurpose ropes. For instance, you can tie twine rope to a paracord rope.
- Shape a loop at the end of one of the ropes.
- Take the end of the second rope and bring it up through the loop you created with the first rope.
- Bring the end of the second rope around and underneath the shorter and longer ends of the first rope.
- Take the end of the second rope and bring it down through the loop you created with the second rope.
- Tighten and secure the knot.
5. The Taut Knot
This type of knot can come in handy when you need to adjust the lines of your Pacific Pass Camping Tent when you want to reduce some of the tension on the lines. 620 lbs Survivor Cord or 1000 lbs Survivor Cord XT ropes work best for this type of knot.
- Take the loose end of the rope and bring it around the tent stake.
- Bring the loose end of the rope underneath the standing rope to create a loop.
- Take the loose end of the rope and bring it over into the loop to form a coil.
- Repeat step three to form a second coil.
- Bring the loose end of the rope back towards you and underneath the standing rope (to form a D).
- Take the loose end and bring it down into the loop (or the D) to form three coils.
- The knot should be able to adjust and still stay secure.
6. The Double Fisherman’s Knot
These types of camping knots can tie two ropes securely, or it can be used to fasten the ends of a rope to create a loop. These types of knots slide together to create a secure bond. You can also use this type of knot to create handles on canoes or kayaks. You can use KINGLAKE 328-ft Natural Jute twine ropes, WEREWOLVES 650lb paracord ropes, or GOLBERG 550 lb paracord ropes to make these knots.
- Place the two ropes in parallel next to each other.
- Loop the free ends of the one rope two times around the second rope.
- Now pass the first rope back through the inside of the loops.
- Repeat the above steps with the second rope.
- Tighten the knots by pulling the free ends.
7. The Figure Eight Knot
These camping knots are also known as stopper knots which means that it is generally used at the end of a rope to ensure that things you may have on the rope do not come off. It’s also a basic knot in GRANDWAY Paracord 100-ft ropes that mountain climbers use to secure themselves.
- Make a loop so that the loose end is under the standing rope.
- Take the loose end and bring it around to the left above the loop and over the standing rope.
- Bring the loose end up through the loop and pull it tight. You should have a knot that looks like an eight.
We trust that we’ve shed some light on the art of how to tie a knot. You can practice these camping knots techniques before you go on your next camping adventure!