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Bushcraft Knots: Our six favourite knots for hammocks, shelters and bushcraft projects

Bushcraft Knots: Our six favourite knots for hammocks, shelters and bushcraft projects

If you can’t tie knots tie lots” that is the age old saying right? Well if like us you think having a few good knots up your sleeve will make setting up camp or lashing those branches together a slick affair, then we would have to agree. Gone are the days where knowing how to make a ‘frapping turn’ or how to tie an ‘alpine butterfly loop’ was an integral part of our development. However that doesn’t mean we can’t pick up these skills now and have an amazing time tying ourselves in knots.

Learning Bushcraft knots can be a challenge, but we love to set a challenge so please share with us how you get on with these knots. Here in this blog are some of our most used survival knots that serve us well on our Bushcraft courses and time in the woods. To enjoy your time outdoors and be well prepared to make your camp, knots are something you need to practice and learn. Luckily we think that some of the simplest knots like the clove hitch are actually the most effective, useful knots and easiest to learn quickly. Here are the 6 most useful knots for bushcraft activities we think you should know.

The Bowline Knot

Why: This knot is probably one you may have heard of already, you would use this anytime you need a fixed loop, usually at the end of a line.

For Example: To add a fixed loop to the end of a guideline on your tarp, in order to peg it out.

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The Clove Hitch Knot

Why: Possibly one of the most versatile knots around it can be used for attaching a rope from one object to another. It works best on horizontal lengths of wood or as a start to most lashings.

For Example: Try attaching a corner of your tarp to a mid to high branch using this knot.

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The Sheet Bend Knot

Why: This knot has one simple but perfect purpose. Use it to attach one length of cord to another to create an extra long piece. A top tip would be that it works best with cord of differing diameters.

For Example: Is your shelter ridge line not long enough? Use this one, perhaps you need a washing line but only have 2 short lengths. Now you can have one effective piece.

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The Alpine Butterfly Knot

Why: A good precursor to the next knot the “trucker’s hitch” but equally useful anytime you need a fixed loop in the middle of a rope unlike the bowline which primarily will be at the end of a line. This knot can also take a 3 way load which makes it a good choice to create the truckers hitch.

For Example: Maybe you have accidently put a cut in your rope with your knife? Use this to isolate that damaged piece and you can carry on using the rope without the worry of breaking it.

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The Truckers Hitch Knot

Why: We would have to say once learnt this has to be one of the best methods to creating a taut ridgeline for your camp.

For Example: This is the ideal system to use when putting up that all important tarp to keep you dry whilst sleeping in your hammock.

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The Round Turn and 2 Half Hitches Knot

Why: This is a great one to leave you with as it gives you the ability to secure one end of your line to an object before having to tie any of the other knots you have learnt in this blog.

For Example: Use this to attach one end of your ridgeline to a tree before you work your way along in order to create that truckers hitch system to complete it.

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We hope this has given you plenty to practice with, and if you find yourself at a “loose end” then we always have plenty of great bushcraft experiences you are more than welcome to come and get involved with. Don’t forget building a good bank of knots you can tie well, takes time so be patient and have fun learning them.

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