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Here are some knots that are useful to bushwalkers and ski tourers.
- For joining two ropes (cords, guys, etc.) of the same size
- Easy to undo, by pushing both sides of the knot towards one another.
- For joining two ropes of the same size
- Holds synthetic rope materials better than a reef knot.
- For joining two ropes of different sizes. Start with a loop (bight) in the thicker rope.
- For securing a rope to a tree or a pole and for starting a square lashing
- Quick and easy to tie.
Round turn and two half hitches
- A general purpose knot for securing ropes and tent guys to trees and thick poles.
- Used where a loop in the end of a rope is required that will not slip and prevent the loop tightening (e.g. around a person’s waist or tying guylines to tents).
Figure of eight knot
- Similar function to a bowline, but easier for the beginner to remember how to tie
- Puts less strain on the rope.
- Used for increasing the tension on tent guys
- The knot can slide up the guy rope to give the required tension
- It will not slip backwards by itself, but may be pushed back down the guy to release tension.
- For securing two poles at right angles.