Anil Mitra, July 2015
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- Bear caching (loop knot
for food sack, slip knot or loop to tie to a tree trunk or other object).
- Setting up tents and tarps
(loop knot to secure to a grommet etc, slip knot to adjust tension, a
hitch to secure a line to a post or pole)
- Tying two ropes or laces
together (square or reef knot, double fisherman’s knot for equal
size rope or sheet bend for ropes unequal in size, shoelace knots)
- Simple climbing knots.
- Basic knots (a) the half
hitch almost always used with other knots and (b) stoppers or ends
such as overhand and figure of eight knots
- Loops—bowline, Yosemite
bowline (more secure than the bowline); slip knots provide
- Bends to tie two rope ends
together—reef or square knot for tying bundles, double
fisherman’s knot to join two ropes of equal size, sheet bend and
the more secure double sheet bend to join ropes of unequal size, bowline
bend, shoelace knots
for bypassing a damaged portion of a rope, clove hitch to attach
to a pole.
- Climbing—the Prusik,
and Bachman friction knots attach a small diameter rope to a
larger diameter climbing rope; the mountaineer’s coil is used to
coil and carry a rope
reflection, and memory (i.e. keeping records).
knots as in bowline bend.
- Use of
friction—single and multiple half hitches used alone and with other
friction load and reduce rope wear—e.g. by use of a carabiner,
especially in climbing. Another example is to use a key chain or micro
carabiner to hold the sliding rope for bear caching: this is useful if
the cache is heavy.
multiplication—using a ‘block and tackle’ or ‘pulley’ system rigged from
anchors (climbing), branches (caching) and carabiners functioning as