I had a tough time with the traditional method last year & I ain't weak OR inept by any means, so this is an alternative for me to try, if nothing else. I'll bring the tiny peice of vinyl tube, for fun if nothing else & if it seems harder than the traditional method, then I'll grab the nearest stick & get back to what brought me to the dance in the first place!
OK, and for those of you reading, I found out on youtube how to indeed tie a clove hitch without having to run the line the entire length to get it threw the loop of the hitch, as mentioned above. Here is the youtube link for that, it is towards the end of the clove hitch how to segment, he does it twice close up & it easier than tying the clove hitch the other way, in my opinion. I did it here at the house & it might indeed be the way to go. We shall see, I'll bring all 3 "methods" with me to hike this summer & see which one works best!