By Clyde Soles

Backpacker's outdoors Knots presents readers step by step directions for tying the main priceless knots and hitches, splices and lashings for the outside; details at the most sensible form of rope and knot for every job to hand; the best way to correctly arrange, coil, and preserve ropes for sturdiness and reliability. this useful pocket-sized advisor is ninety six pages, comprises popouts, and contains colour photographs, charts, and illustrations as wanted through the interior.

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Sharp-eyed readers might notice that the bowline and the sheet bend are the exact same knot form, though they are tied and loaded differently. This is one of those knots that, once you learn how to tie it, becomes a mainstay of your diet—you will go back to it time and again because it is so useful. The primary use for a bowline is anchoring a line to a fixed object; if you just want a loop in the end of a rope, use figure-8 or overhand. What makes the bowline so useful is the ease of tying once you know the tricks; it can even be tied with one hand.

Start by clipping the rope into the carabiner. Then reach to the line farthest from you and pinch it with your thumb facing down. 2. Rotate your hand so the thumb faces up and bring the rope around the front to the carabiner gate. indd 51 51 8/30/10 2:39 PM 3. Adjust the length of the rope as needed, then snug both strands up tight. Another frequent use for the clove hitch is anchoring to a tree or other fixed object. This can be a fast attachment that is still easy to adjust. 1. Pass the line behind the object.

Pull the loop up through the hole and snug everything up. The finished butterfly can take load from many directions and still untie with relative ease. The following alternative method for tying the butterfly does indeed work. But many people find remembering the sequence a difficult task. And the resulting loop is always one size. indd 39 39 8/30/10 2:39 PM 1. Start by making three wraps of the rope around your hand. 2. Take the loop closest to your fingertips and move it between the other two turns.

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