May 15, 2008 at 4:14 am #1228971
Jeff BooneBPL Member
I have a son that's new to camping/scouting, and I'm trying to teach him a thing or two. Knots were never my strong suit, and I'm wondering which one's you think are essential to UL backpacking. Also, if you have a favorite knot book I'd like to hear about it.May 15, 2008 at 4:17 am #1433381
Roger BBPL Member
Gossamer Gear in their user manuals sections has a useful guide to knots for UL which may be helpful.May 15, 2008 at 6:41 am #1433387
@foodLocale: Colorado Rockies
If I were teaching a one hour knot tying class this is the order I would teach them:
around stakes when stake placement is used for tension,
around trekking poles or other uprights,
around stones in tarp in lieu of grommet/tie outs.
Taut-line: Adjustable knot used to keep tension on tarp/tent tie outs.
Figure 8 knot:
Make a loop on the end of a line when it does not need to be untied,
make a loop when there will be tension on both sides of the knot,
double figure 8 is a climbing knot.
Lanyard Hitch: Used with a figure 8 knot to attach lines to tarp/tent.
Mooring Hitch: Used to anchor tarp guy lines or hang bear bags.
Around the corner of a tarp/sheet of plastic and a tie out,
join a thick cord to a thin cord.
Tarp ridge line to tension the tarp along the ridge line,
tent line to make the vestibule taut,
also a climbing ascending knot.
Water Knot: Used to join cords/webbing of equal size that will not come untied.
Bowline: Make a loop when you want to untie easily.
Used often for first-aid,
join ropes of equal size that is easy to untie.
Truckers’s hitch: Tensioning tie down with mechanical advantage.
Alpine Butterfly: Makes a loop in rope that can be untied easy.May 15, 2008 at 8:09 am #1433396
Brian BarnesBPL Member
Here's a great knot resource:May 15, 2008 at 8:21 am #1433398
Floris van BreugelMember
Exploding bowline.. very, very useful. Can be used instead of a bowline (works best with thin rope), works the same way, except you can adjust the loop length easily, and it comes undone by pulling on the right line. Not too well known, but it's really easy to tie, I found a video online – http://www.fcff.org/images/Learn%20Images/exploding%20bowline.aviMay 15, 2008 at 8:46 am #1433401
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@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
The wiki is coming.
Resources, resources…May 15, 2008 at 5:22 pm #1433480
THE GRANNY _ it never fails, just ask granny.May 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm #1433486
Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Uh, I kinda lost track of the subject thread.
Was this best knots for the trail or the bedroom? :)
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