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Two Knots Every Survivalist Should Know

Similar to the way the human brain is your most powerful weapon, knowledge is the most valuable thing you can possess. In a survival situation, it is often basic knowledge and fundamental skills that end up being the difference between who makes it back and who doesn’t. Knot tying is a skill that can save your life. And while most folks know how to tie their shoelaces, not very many people take the time to study and then PRACTICE basic knots. This is somewhat understandable. The world of knot tying is expansive. There are knot-tying books out there that are as thick as the Oxford English Dictionary. Most folks take one look at how deep that rabbit hole goes and choose to focus their attention elsewhere. This is a mistake. You don’t need to know how to tie a million different types of knots. Yes, when it comes to knots, the more you know the better. But there are a couple multi-purpose knots that will do the job when it comes to pretty much anything you’ll likely need to tie off or secure. Here are two solid ones.

Trucker’s Hitch

River guides, truckers, and anyone who works regularly with trailers have a special place in their hearts for this knot. The general arrangement of the trucker’s hitch creates a crude form of block and tackle out of the rope itself. The knot employs a loop in the standing part of the rope, and in the anchor point of the rope. This creates a rudimentary pulley system that gives you a mechanical advantage when pulling on the working end. The trucker’s hitch is ideal for load securing. It is a simple and effective knot that is easily practiced and mastered. Here’s how:

Bowline

The bowline is an ancient maritime knot that dates back to when it was an absolute necessity for sailors to tie a knot capable of holding the main ship sail to the bow of the vessel, and thus keep it in the wind. It is easy to tie and easy to untie. It can even be easily untied after having held a great deal of weight. In modern times, the bowline is used often by rock climbers and arborists. It is an excellent multi-purpose knot, as it is reliable and can hold a great deal of weight. It is often referred to as “The King of the Knots.” Here’s how to tie it:

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