At some point in the wilderness, you will probably need to secure something, repair something, or perhaps even build something. Having a basic understanding of knots is a valuable skill. Unless you know what you are doing, there may be a fine line between a quality knot and a completely tangled mess.
Quality knots have three things in common:
Basic of Knots -> https://youtu.be/hPqF_GE3OWk
Knots can be grouped into a few major categories: loops, hitches, bends, and lashings.
Hitches are knots used to tie a rope to an object. Common uses in the wilderness include: hanging a clothes line, putting up a rain fly, securing a boat, tying a bear bag to a tree, or starting and ending a lashing.
Bends are knots used to tie ropes together. Some bends are better for uniting ropes of various diameters. Common uses in the wilderness include: lengthening a bear bag line, creating a bandage, or repairing a fishing line.
Lashings are used to tie objects together. Common uses in the wilderness include: building a tripod, repairing a fishing pole, create a ladder, or build a bridge
Identify Common Rope and Knot Terms
A common language is helpful when describing how to tie a knot. Helpful terms include: