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wiiawiwb wiiawiwb
(wiiawiwb) - F
Which knots are best for ......... on 01/20/2014 20:15:19 MST Print View


Conceptually, if I wanted to tie a ridgeline between two trees, would I use an anchoring knot on one end and a tensioning knot on the other?

If so, would a mooring knot on one end and a tautline knot on the other end work best?

What results would I get if I had a tautline knot on both ends?


Would a tautline knot on all guylines work best or is there another knot that works best?

Edited by wiiawiwb on 01/20/2014 20:16:35 MST.

David Noll
(dpnoll) - MLife

Locale: Maroon Bells
Which knots on 01/20/2014 20:26:18 MST Print View

Trucker's hitch

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Best knots on 01/20/2014 20:40:50 MST Print View

Don is my favorite. After that, I'll take a clove hitch around a trekking pole as a mid-point, bowline for non-adjustable loops, trucker's hitch (stupid easy) for adjustable guylines, and two half hitches for adjustable loops at stake ends.

wiiawiwb wiiawiwb
(wiiawiwb) - F
Of course... on 01/20/2014 21:18:31 MST Print View

I know how to tie a trucker's hitch which I've used in the past to fasten down things on a car/truck. That makes perfect sense to use to get the ridgeline piano-wire tight.

What knot do you use on the other end to fasten to the tree that will unfasten easily?

Derek M.
(dmusashe) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Of course... on 01/20/2014 23:50:22 MST Print View

I'd suggest either installing LineLocs on your tarp for all the tie outs and the ridge lines (easiest, fastest adjustment)


Using the system demonstrating by Andrew Skurka here (lightest option, more finicky):

Nathan Coleman
Figure 9 on 01/21/2014 04:53:26 MST Print View

I use a niteize figure nine on one end and a knot bone on the other. It adds a bit of weight, but it is extremely easy to use.

David Noll
(dpnoll) - MLife

Locale: Maroon Bells
Which knots on 01/21/2014 06:01:18 MST Print View

Double half hitch

Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
Trucker's hitch on 01/21/2014 06:12:31 MST Print View

I like Skurka's version of the trucker's hitch, too.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Which knots on 01/21/2014 07:00:47 MST Print View

Prussik slider with a small plastic hook attached. Throw a loop on the outer end of the line and you're good.

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Re: Which knots are best for ......... on 01/21/2014 08:28:02 MST Print View

Siberian (Evenk) hitch for anchor

Truckers hitch for tension

A Four Wrap knot often works to tie and tension separate guylines on the ends instead of a ridgeline:

Laurie Gibson
(lagibson) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: Which knots are best for ......... on 01/21/2014 08:51:20 MST Print View

+1 on AndyF's suggestion of the Siberian Hitch for a mooring knot that comes undone easily. It's one knot I don't seem to forget.

Here is a good demonstration:

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: Which knots are best for ......... on 01/21/2014 23:18:22 MST Print View

Farrimond Hitch reminds me a bit of the Siberian Hitch, both are easy and quick to do, and very quick release.