When you're exploring in the great outdoors, you may need to create a basic knot with rope in order to carry firewood or secure rope to a tree. So it will come in handy to know a few basic camping knots before you head out into the wild. Here are six basic camping knots that are good for every outdoor explorer to know how to tie. Which knot you use will depend on what you need it for.
The Fireman's Coil is a great knot to use to keep coiled rope neat and untangled. This makes it portable so you can take it back and forth from the campsite to your boat or wherever you may need. It's quick and easy to undo.
Double Overhand Stopper Knot
Use the Double Overhand Stopper Knot as a stopper at the end of your rope. Do you have a hooded sweatshirt where the drawstring slips into the holes? Use this knot to keep that from happening.
The Knute Hitch is great to use if you have tools on hand and want to make sure you aren’t going to lose them. You can also use this to secure your keys to something for the same reason.
Better Bow Knot
Instead of double knotting your hiking boots or bikini and then worrying about them coming undone, try this Better Bow Knot instead. It’s much more secure than a regular bow knot and you don’t have to fight with a double knot when you want to undo it.
Double Fisherman’s Knot
The Double Fisherman's Knot is a great knot to use when hooking two pieces of rope together. We like the double instead of the standard fisherman’s knot just because it’s a bit more secure. Here’s how to do it:
The bowline puts a fixed knot at the end of a rope. This one is good for when you want to tie up a boat, if you happen to go mountain climbing, or need to hoist someone up a cliff if they’ve fallen.
These basic knots will come in handy when you’re in the great outdoors and experiencing the beauty of America. If you enjoy learning how to tie and use these knots, research other types of knots and learn how to tie them as well. Knowing how to tie multiple types of knots will be a great skill to have as a camper.