Today, we’ll be talking about 9 best knots for camping, survival, climbing, hiking, and just everyday life. How to tie these basic knots and when to use them. These are the 9 knots you need to know.
1) Chain Sinnet (AKA Daisy Chain or Monkey Chain)
2) Farrimond Friction Hitch
3) Trucker’s Hitch or Power Clinch Knot
4) Bowline Knot
5) Constrictor Knot
6) Cow Hitch
7) Half hitch
8) Fisherman’s Bend
9) Water Knot
Today, we’ll be talking about our favorite knots as these are the most useful knots that everyone should know that can be used in everyday life whether you’re camping or hiking or just mucking around the house.
9 Best Knots for Camping, Survival, Hiking and Climbing and How to tie them?
Chain Sinnet (AKA Daisy Chain or Monkey Chain)
It’s a knot design for storing chords and ropes and stuff. You get this big gob of extension cord or rope that’s just sitting in your garage and it’s all tangled up. This is a knot that’ll help you store it and get at it quickly and keep everything nice and tidy. This knot is called the chain Senate or the daisy chain or monkey braid and it’s very simple.
How to Tie Chain Sinnet/Daisy Chain/Monkey Chain
Make a loop you reach through the loop you pull out another loop you reach through that loop you pull out another loop you reach through that loop and you pull out another loop. Frankly, it’s it’s like a magic drink you just keep going and it makes it’s like crocheting for men. So makes this and then when you pull it it just all comes out and you can make the loops big or as small as you want. The smaller they are the kind of the more it stays together and the more line you take up shortens rope down to about a third of its length. So, if you have a 100-foot rope and you go and you make a daisy chain out of it you’ll have about 33 foot of daisy chain.
It doesn’t really fall apart or anything and then you just pull out as much as you need then when you’re done you just go back and recreate the daisy chain just our back where you left off.
Video Guide on How to Tie the Daisy Chain Knot?
Farrimond Friction Hitch Knot
Now if you’re in a situation where you need an adjustable length of rope like you’re stringing up a tarp or are putting up a tent we were often taught in Boy Scouts to use the taut line and hitch or the midshipman’s knot as its called; but I’ve got something better and the reason why it’s better is because it’s faster. Not just it’s only faster to tie it; it’s faster to take down so this right here is the Farrimond’s friction hitch.
It’s a little bit stronger than the taut line hitch or you can put more force on it without the loop closing but the real advantage is that it’s so easy to take apart. So it’s time to break down camp or take that tarp down as it takes seconds this knot allows you to adjust the length of a rope by adjusting the size of the loop at the end of the rope.
How to tie the Farrimond Friction Hitch Knot?
The Rope is slack as you can adjust the knot and make the loop bigger or smaller which shortens or lengthens the length of the rope. This knot is perfect for situations where you want to adjust the length of the rope without having to retie the knots. So the way you tie it is you make this little loop. And then you take that side the left side of the loop and wrap it around itself three times forming this little hole.
And you take the tag end and you pull it halfway through forming a Bight and then you cinch it up; you pull on it on the the working end of the the rope. Then you grab the knot in these two places; those two places exactly and you pull it and that tightens the knot. This doesn’t take a lot more pressure than the taut-line knot and it comes undone by just pulling the tag in.
The biggest disadvantage of the Ferriman friction hitch is that you can only adjust them when they’re not under load so while you’re pulling on them; feels as if you’ve got something pressure on.
When it is tightened;
- You can’t really adjust the length of it.
- you can’t use it very effectively to tighten something; up a little bit but not much.
Video Guide on How to Tie the Farrimond’s Friction Hitch Knot?
Trucker’s Hitch Knot or Power Clinch Knot
The Trucker’s hitch knot is a great knot for tightening down loads; for putting your knot under tension.
How to tie the Trucker’s Hitch Knot or Power Clinch Knot
So you take the rope and you make a loop and think that we’re gonna make a slipknot and what you do is you take your line you wrap it around and you feed it through and it creates a pulley system go and really crank this down.
You need to put a lot of tension and once you got it tight; you pinch this through your thumb. Don’t let it slip and then you come through and tie a half-hitch, and if needs be you can come back and do another one and that is the trucker’s hitch or the power clinch knot.
It is a fabulous knot to learn if you don’t have ratchet straps. If you need to tie something down or string a hammock; this is a fabulous knot.
It is used on trailers for tying things to the roof of my car but I also use it for stringing up a hammock so you can get it just really tight and it’s even strong enough to hold a fat butt of 250 pounds.
Video Guide on How to tie the Trucker’s Hitch Knot or Power Clinch Knot
How to tie the Bowline Knot?
The bowline knot is a great knot for putting a loop on the end of a line when you don’t want that loop to cinch up. It’s a strong knot; it’s easy to tie, untie and you can even tie it one-handed. One of the most common mistakes with the bowline knot is that when you make the loop you’ve got to make it a way with the part on top if you make it like this and you do everything else exactly right it just comes apart.
Remember, you got to flip it up now. Another common mistake with the bowline knot is people will come down and around and do blunders, so you’ve got one line in one light out and it basically ends up collapsing into a separate knot. It’s not a catastrophic failure but remember flip the loop on top comes up around and down this is where you hear the things about you make the hole and the rabbit comes out of his hole he goes around the tree and he goes back down his hole and that’s the bowline knot.
This knot is really easy to undo even if it’s been under a lot of strain. This is a great knot to use in combination with the trucker’s hitch and because the loop doesn’t cinch up. Tt’s great for tying a rope around a person.
Video Guide on How to tie the Bowline Knot?
Now we’ll be going to talk about the constrictor knot.
How to tie the Constrictor Knot?
There’s two ways to tie this knot.
One is the loop method where you make these two loops just like I’m demonstrating here and then you slide it over the end of something like the end of a bag or the end of a post and you just tighten it up like that.
The second is the tagging method where you just wrap it over itself once then over the top then tuck it under both parts and then cinch it up. The constrictor knot squeezes things together but is easy to undo so it’s great for bundling up a bunch of fishing rods, for transportation. Constriction Knot is easy to tie pretty quick and easy to undo.
It also works good for tying together a bunch of two by fours or if you’ve got a bunch of rakes in the back of your pickup truck. But it’s also if you grab in the right place, it comes apart pretty quickly and easily. This is also a knot that’s used for closing up the end of a bag so if you’ve got bags of fertilizer in your garage and you don’t have any twisty ties then you can just take a bit of twine and do.
Video Guide on How to tie the Constrictor Knot?
Cow Hitch Knot
How to tie the Cow Hitch Knot?
cow hitch knot one is you wrap a loop around something then feed the tag end through the loop and you can use this for a lot of different things everything from attaching fishing leaders to swivels to attaching rope to a piece of equipment it’s very versatile
Or you can do it a cow hitch knot that’s attached to the its own rope and S forms a noose that will cinch up very tightly and so this is great because the loop collapses on itself and will grip whatever it’s tied around very tightly but what’s really nice about this is no matter how tight you squeeze that knot it is extremely easy to untie just give yourself a little slack in the loop and then you just push downward on those two parts and push the loop off and no
Matter how tight that knot is it’ll come up easily so I use this on hammocks because otherwise the knots are hard to get off
Video Guide on How to tie the Cow Hitch Knot?
Half Hitch Knot
How to tie the Half Hitch Knot?
So another knot that’s really good is the half hitch or the double half hitch so you can see here it’s really similar to what I just tied only you do the second half backwards and this will also cinch up and and work pretty well but it’s not as easy to untie as the cow hitch knot the reason why I like this
Knot and why I’m including it is because you can do a quick release version of it so it starts off just like the the double half hitch or the cow hitch knot then you put a bite in it like this cinch that up and there you go you’ve got a knot that cinches up and acts like the cow hitch knot but then it’s quick-release okay so it’s a nice little little version and if you want to be able to take a knot down really quickly so when I use a fair man’s friction
Hitch I tie this knot on to the other end of the line so it’s a quick release knot that’s not adjustable so when I got the Ferryman’s friction hitch and on the other end I’ve got the double half hitch with a bite and as you can see here it takes just seconds to untie it and get your rope back so you can break down camp extremely quickly very fast efficient okay here’s another little tip it’s not really a knot but since we’re on the subject of tarps I thought I’d
Throw it in here basically pinch a little loop feed it through the grommet and then put a stick through it trim it off there you go you’ve now attached your tarp to a Ridgeline okay and you can just go down the edge really fast easy way to secure your tarp.
Video Guide on How to tie the Half Hitch Knot?
Fisherman’s Bend Knot
How to tie the Fisherman’s Bend Knot?
So now let me show you the fisherman’s bend or the grapevine Bend it’s a great way of securing two ropes to each other to tying dissimilar ropes or even different
Size ropes together you tonight this not by putting what’s called a strangle knot onto one of the ropes and it’s also similar to like a double overhand knot and you can see here it’s pretty simple pretty fast to tie not too complicated that’s what’s the beauty of this knot it’s really simple you just tie that strangle knot on one side and then you use the other rope to tie a strangle knot on the other side and when it’s all done the two knots will slide towards
Each other and they’ll stop each other from going any further this is a really strong way of joining two ropes and it doesn’t take up a lot of rope to tie this knot once you tighten that it is not coming off very easily I barely pulled this together because I wanted my rope back and I really had to get my fingernails out to get that knot undone.
Video Guide on How to tie the Fisherman’s Bend Knot?
Now here’s another knot you need to know it’s the water knot it is the knot for joining two pieces of nylon strapping together. It’s super easy you learn at once you’ll never forget it.
How to tie the Water Knot?
It’s basically this just make an overhand knot and keep it really loose okay nice and loose plenty gaps and take the second piece and just follow along and have it lay right on top of the first piece of webbing just trace it all the way through there not there you go tighten it up BAM that thing is not common undone like a lot of these bends yeah it’s a little hard to get undone
It’s not too bad but once you do it you’ll never forget