Basic illustrated knots for the outdoors by Cliff Jacobson

By Cliff Jacobson

In complete colour, this illustrated how-to publication covers the head ten most vital knots and hitches, twenty-two diversifications, and 4 crucial splices and lashings. There are right-handed and left-handed directions and illustrations for tying every one knot, plus pointers on purchasing and conserving ropes and selecting the right kind knot for the duty to hand. This advisor is simple to stick with and sufficiently small to hold outside.

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Use the figure eight loop for thin cordage; stick with the bowline for rope. Multiple coils (see S-knot, page 42) increase the security of the knot. (See Sknot, page 42). , both left- or right-handed). Half hitches are one of the most essential knots in macrame. For faster removal, complete the hitch with a quick-release loop (“slippery” end), as illustrated. This slick little hitch is well worth learning! The hitch won’t hold tension if you make it backwards! Recommended by DuPont for use with nylon fishing line.

This rescue technique—commonly set up with aluminum carabiners instead of rope loops—was popularized by the Nantahala Outdoor Center (a whitewater canoe and kayak school) as the “Z-drag,” because the rope pattern forms a lazy Z when viewed from overhead. I consider it the most useful hitch there is. The pilot was mightily impressed! The rig can be dropped in onethird the time if you end your knots with a quick-release loop. Form the quick-release feature by running the working end of the rope back through the completed knot—the same as making a “bow” when you tie your shoes.

See Sknot, page 42). , both left- or right-handed). Half hitches are one of the most essential knots in macrame. For faster removal, complete the hitch with a quick-release loop (“slippery” end), as illustrated. This slick little hitch is well worth learning! The hitch won’t hold tension if you make it backwards! Recommended by DuPont for use with nylon fishing line. Be sure you run the first turn around the sack over the forefinger and the rest of the turns under it. For easy removal, complete the knot with a quick-release (slippery) loop.

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