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This knot is used to make a non-slip loop in the end of a rope. While it is used for climbing and rescues, a Figure-8 Loop Knot often is best in those situations.

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This knot builds a non-slip loop at the end of a rope. It is popular with rock climbers who tie their belay rope to their Caribbeaner or harness. Just tie a Figure 8 line knot near the end of the rope, loop the end of the rope around both harness straps and follow the rope back out through the line Knot.


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Reef Knot (Square Knot)

Use a Reef Knot (square knot) to tie the ends of a rope together. A Reef Knot (square knot) allows you to loosen the knot after it has been under tension. When improperly tied (a granny knot), it is difficult to untie. 


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                                                      Sheep Shank

A sheep shank has two uses. First, you may use it to shorten a rope and maintain its strength for pulling. Its most useful purpose, however, is in situation when you cannot retrieve your rope. When lowering yourself over a rock (with no intention of returning up the face) how are you going to retrieve the rope that it tied to a rock or tree at the top? Tie a sheep shank close to the top end of the rope. Maintain tension on the rope and clip the centre strand inside of the knot. Lower yourself. At the bottom, give the rope a flip and the sheep shank comes lose, leaving only a short piece at the top. I never have had the self-confidence to lower myself over a cliff with a sheep shank, but I have used one while crossing a swift, deep river and I was glad to know how to use a sheep shank.

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Sheet Bend

Use a sheet bend to tie together two lengths of rope of different thickness.

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Timber Hitch

Tie a timber hitch around a tree or branch that you want to drag. It will keep the branch parallel to the rope so it does not hang up on brush or rocks.

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Lorry Knot (Truckers Hitch)

The Lorry Knot (Trucker's Hitch) allows you to easily tighten a rope, yet easily untie the knot. It’s most common use is for tying loads such as a canoe to a car roof, a tarpaulin to trailer or any application where a very tight rope is needed. It provides the advantages of a block and tackle, without the heavy hardware.
To tie the knot, first make a single Figure 8 knot in the middle of the rope. Loop the rope back through the Figure 8 and around whatever you will use for an anchor. Bring the end of the rope back through the first loop and pull to make the whole thing tight. Finally throw a couple of half hitches around both strands of the big loop to secure the knot.
Even under the most severe tension, the knots remain easy to untie.

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Tautline Knot

This knot builds a loop that will easily get bigger - by sliding the knot up the rope toward the free end. But, when pressure is applied to the loop, it will not get smaller. Its most common use is on the ropes that attach a tent to a tent peg in the ground. The loose end is attached to the tent. The loop goes around the stake and the knot slides by hand to tighten or loosen the rope. The knot will not slide by itself.

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