When it comes to outdoor knot tying it will take more than simply crossing the bunny ears if you hope to secure or tie anything down. Whether you find yourself in the wilderness, at home, on your job, or even in an emergency situation, having the proper knot for the job is essential or you will not be a happy camper (pun intended).
Every knot is not created equal. If your particular need is calling for an adjustable knot and you need a good cinch down then you could not use a simple overhand knot for the job. On the other hand if you needed a secure knot that would not cinch down then you’d have to tie an entirely different knot.
While out on a hike, camping, doing outdoors type activities, or working around the home there are over a dozen knots in my arsenal at my disposal at any given time. Rarely will I need to tie down an item permanently so ease of use is always the major factor aside from ease of take down after completion. Most of the knots I will discuss are typically used on my camping excursions but their basic use can help in almost any situation where the particular knot type is needed.
Knot tying can be fun as well as useful, soothing almost as the cord or rope cinches over itself to form loops and crossovers leading to shelter, lines, tie downs, and other great things. The satisfaction received on the inside from tying a simple knot to carry out a task will lead to you wanting to learn more knots or effectively use the ones you have in your arsenal at your full disposal.
Every good outdoors person should come up with their go to knot selections and keep those on tap at all times for all occasions. My particular knot line consists of the Bowline, Clove hitch, Reef or squareknot, Fisherman's knot, Cow hitch, Trucker’s Hitch, Two half hitches, Prusik, Adjustable guy line, Marlin spike, and Becket hitch.
The bowline knot holds its form after being subjected to a load without cinching down on the object. Very useful for towing.
The clove hitch is a crossing & binding knot useful for tying off an object to secure it in place. Great for attaching a rope to a spike.
The Reef/square knot is a binding knot very useful in securing two lines together by grabbing and tightening each line with great tension. Good for if you need additional length on a rope or line.
The fisherman’s knot is used to join two lengths of rope. It’s niche is in its ability to adjust if formed into a loop as in a lanyard.
The cow hitch is used to attach a rope to an object. The half hitched pulling in opposite directions cause great friction.
The truckers hitch is very useful in tightening a line for added security.
Two half hutches can be used to lock on to an object securely holding the rope in place.
The prusik knot is a friction knot used to attach a loop of cord around a rope, useful for climbing or securing the tarp to a ridge line.
Adjustable guy line is great for making adjustments to the rope securing an object to a standing pole or tree.
Marlin spike can be used to create a loop that can secure a line with or without a toggle.
Becket hitch or sheet bend fixes a rope to a hook or loop. When it locks on it is very stable and very strong.
It is my hope that this article has helped you to understand a little bit more about knots, their particular uses, as well as motivated you enough to break out that piece of dots or rope and practice so that the next time you find yourself in need of a knot you will not fall short but be in positions to impress yourself and others on a job well done.