This technique although inexperienced campers take this for granted, thinking it is only
a deception that this is really necessary to learn and in fact a very essential skill. This is
one secret on how to have fun outdoors and at the same time survive in the wilderness.
A simple knot can save your life; each knot type fits a certain job.
You can tie a solid Square Knot by lapping right over left, and then tying again in the
reverse direction – left over right. This is a classic for connecting lines and tying knot,
basically most people know how to do a square knot. This is used for making a rope
longer by tying two ropes or even tying up a bundle of firewood to carry because this
type of knot is stable and secure.
Make a loop of rope around the tree to tie a Clove Hitch on it. Make another loop and
pass the free end of the rope under the second loop before tightening. To tie this one
over a post or stake, just create a loop in the free end of the rope and slide it over the
post. Then make another loop the same as the first. Put the second loop over the post
(just above the first loop) and tighten the hitch. This knot type secures a line to a tree
or post quickly and it is an easy one. But it can also slip if used alone so you need to
make other knots as backup.
A knot that is often taught with the story of the rabbit coming out of the hole, in front of
the tree, going behind the tree, and back down his original hole, the Bowline, to tie this
knot you form a loop on top of the long end of the line. And then pass the free end of
the line through the loop and around behind the line. While maintaining the secondary
loop which becomes your bowline loop bring the free end down in the original loop.
Once the “rabbit” is back down his hole, pull the “tree” up and the Bowline is tightened.
This Bowline will create a loop at the end of a rope that cannot shrink or expand.
Figure 8 also called as Flemish Knot is necessary to use in order to tie several other
more complex knots because it makes knot at the end of the line. To tie this knot, you
simply pass the free end of a line over itself to form a loop. Continue under and around
the line’s end, and finish the knot by passing the free end down through the loop.
This next knot is essential for tying different types of materials together and joining
different thicknesses of rope. Although this come a little weird but the Sheet Bend
can even join together lines or materials that normally couldn’t be joined together. Form
a “j” shape out of the thicker or more slippery rope then pass the other rope through the
fish hook from behind, wrap around the entire fishhook once and then tuck the smaller
line under itself.
Deception charge to those who thinks that tying a knot isn’t essential. These are only
few of the other knot types but could really help you survive the wilderness.