By Clyde Soles
Backpacker's open air Knots presents readers step by step directions for tying the main worthwhile knots and hitches, splices and lashings for the outside; details at the most sensible form of rope and knot for every activity to hand; the right way to effectively organize, coil, and continue ropes for sturdiness and reliability. this useful pocket-sized advisor is ninety six pages, contains popouts, and comprises colour pictures, charts, and illustrations as wanted during the interior.
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Indd 19 19 8/30/10 2:38 PM Chapter Three Loop Knots Overhand Loop The simplest of loop knots, it’s also one that creates a lot of frustration. The overhand loop has the unfortunate tendency to practically weld itself into a rope when any part of it is pulled hard. In some cases, it’s better just to give up and use a knife to cut off the loop. 1. Make a long bight in the working end of the cord. indd 20 8/30/10 2:38 PM 2. Bring the working end under to form a loop, then tuck it through the loop to form an overhand knot.
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. indd 40 8/30/10 2:39 PM 3. Now take the new loop that is closest to your thumb and move it all the way past the other two loops. 4. Stick your thumb between these loops and grab the outer loop you just moved and pull it through.
1. Start by making a loop. 2. Then make a bight and pass it through the loop. indd 25 25 8/30/10 2:38 PM 3. Tighten by pulling up on each end and adjust the loop as necessary. indd 26 8/30/10 2:38 PM Bowline Seamen have used the bowline for hundreds, if not thousands, of years and it is still considered a primary skill in the sailing world. For decades, climbers used the bowline as the principal knot for tying into a rope, though the figure-8 loop is now preferred by many. 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.