By Cliff Jacobson
In complete colour, this illustrated how-to publication covers the pinnacle 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 each one knot, plus tips about purchasing and conserving ropes and selecting the right kind knot for the duty to hand. This consultant is simple to stick with and sufficiently small to hold outdoor.
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That’s all there is to it. When absolute security is needed, finish the knot with one or two half hitches, as illustrated in Figure 14c. The “sixpoint” diamond suspension provides security even when the load shifts. When the hitch is complete, pull the rope to tighten the hitch, then tie it off where you started it with two half hitches. Note: When tying to a pack animal, the hitch usually originates and ends at the ring in the girth strap, and the “diamond” in the center appears much larger than illustrated.
Use it any time you need to tie an object tightly onto a car top or truck bed. It will look okay if you make it backwards, but it won’t work! If you’re tying something onto a car top, run the working end of the hitch through an S-hook attached to the bumper (steps 3 and 4). Or, for ease of removal, end the power cinch with a quick-release half hitch, as in steps 5 and 6. 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.
For easy removal, complete the knot with a quick-release (slippery) loop. Finish off with another half hitch high on the post (same way you complete a timber hitch) to keep the post vertical when pulling. Make the loop from a length of parachute cord, completed with a fisherman’s knot. The solution is the sheepshank—an ancient knot used by sailors to shorten rope that’s too long for the job at hand. The sheepshank holds only when there is tension at each end; even then, it sometimes fails. For this reason, it is best to secure it by inserting sticks of wood through the end loops as illustrated.