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What are your favorite knots?

I would like to ask what are your favorite knots to use out in the wild? I have 3 that are my all around go to knots and they are

1) Bowline Knot - they are on the end of each and every length of cordage I carry.

2) Truckers Knot - Great to tighten those ridge lines or even your tent pole Guy lines.

3) Clove Hitch - it's fast, easy to tie and holds excellent! And not just for boaters either!

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Double Bowline Knot






All typically used in Mountain Rescue.

Thanks for posting this fun question.

Huge my bad! I can't believe that I left the Prusik Knot off my list

the ones that hold? lol

variations on the slip knot while in backpacking camp, making a clothesline or securing my gravity filter

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Phil Reed has the most essential characteristic of any knot.

My preferences:

Figure 8, either looped or rethreaded; actually more secure than the traditional bowline, which is still used occasionally

Bowline on a bight:  very useful in elaborate rigging situations.

Prusik, although I would usually rather have an ascender 

Double/triple reef knot:  Good for joining two ropes

I tie my shoes with a double knotted bow - most frequently used knot...




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The Truckers Hitch is a variation on the Slip knot 👍

Awesome topic and kindof cool to hear that we seem to have a lot in common.

- Bowline.  Also on the end of just about everything I have.

- Truckers hitch.  I use this for my tarp ridgeline.  Bowline on the other end 🙂

- Prusik.  I use this for connecting my tarp to my ridgeline.

- Clove Hitch.  I use this to connect guy lines to stakes and to bind up my cordage when rolled up.


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My favorites too nathanu!


For general diy/camping/boating/light cargo etc.  I don't climb so I'm not generally tying knot which my life depends on although some of these will work in that context.

Bowline and varieties...(of course) for a secure removable loop at the end

Alpine butterfly... for a secure removable loop in the middle

Clove hitch for quickly attaching a rope to a branch or end of a pole.

Trucker's hitch in some variety for cinching.

Larkshead/prusik...used everywhere to attach a loop to something

Double Fisherman's bend...with various wrap increments for making prusik loops etc.  Generally more permanent knots.

Figure 8 stop knot or some variant for quick use since it is easy to remember. 

Ashely stopper for a more permanent stop knot. eg. on fixed guy "adjusters" but I usually have to look it up.

Half hitches( overhand) , square(reef) knots and square knots , bows and half bows. (also of course)

An adjuster using a Bowline variant,  an "Ashely" stopper and a larkshead/prusik to attach the linloc.  The stake loop uses a half hitch/overhand knot.  The loop on the tent is tied with a "single" wrap double Fishermen's bends.  The zipper loop is attached with a larkshead. I did not tie the latter three knots.

I have also used a trucker hitch to make "adjusters" in the field and for cinching extra guylines.

Adjuster for a fixed guyAdjuster for a fixed guy

I was with you until you mentioned  the  "Ashley  Stopper" But you really lost me with that "Zipper loop", is that the one used to replace a lost Zipper tongue?