By Clyde Soles

ISBN-10: 0762756519

ISBN-13: 9780762756513

Backpacker's open air Knots presents readers step by step directions for tying the main priceless knots and hitches, splices and lashings for the outside; information at the most sensible kind of rope and knot for every activity handy; tips to safely arrange, coil, and continue ropes for sturdiness and reliability. this useful pocket-sized advisor is ninety six pages, contains popouts, and accommodates colour pictures, charts, and illustrations as wanted in the course of the interior.

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Pass the loop around the object and run the working end through the standing end. indd 44 8/30/10 2:39 PM 2. The girth hitch is strongest when the lines run straight off the anchor point. The girth hitch is commonly used by climbers for connecting two runners (loops of webbing). This isn’t quite as strong as joining them with a locking carabiner, but it is safer than using a single non-locking carabiner. 1. A girth hitch can be used to attach one loop to another. indd 45 45 8/30/10 2:39 PM 2. For maximum strength when connecting two loops, flip the loop forward, creating what is sometimes called a strop bend.

This is something that behooves you to practice until it’s second nature. indd 50 8/30/10 2:39 PM 1. Start by clipping the rope into the carabiner. Then reach to the line farthest from you and pinch it with your thumb facing down. 2. Rotate your hand so the thumb faces up and bring the rope around the front to the carabiner gate. indd 51 51 8/30/10 2:39 PM 3. Adjust the length of the rope as needed, then snug both strands up tight. Another frequent use for the clove hitch is anchoring to a tree or other fixed object.

3. Retrace the first knot with the rope. 4. To finish the knot, snug the strand pairs. indd 24 8/30/10 2:38 PM Slip Knot The humble slip knot is remarkably versatile. It can be used as a quick-release, a simple noose, a basic pulley, or as a stopper in the end of a rope. Depending on your need, the slip knot can be tied with either the working end or the end forming the loop. Some knotophiles give these two variations different names, but most of us call them both a slip knot. 1. Start by making a loop.

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