So much for a catchy header!
I was at a meeting the other day and the subject of rope work came up, specifically, that there are a lot of people that are intimidated by knots and how to use them. I certainly agree with that and have let knots bother me as well.
Many people brought up the bowline
as THE knot. I like the bowline
(very secure, won’t slip, and retains between 60-70 % of the rope’s breaking strength) but I don’t find myself using it very often. I tend to use a couple half hitches
instead, they retain about 75% of the rope’s breaking strength and are pretty resistant to slipping.
My setup when I’m camping with the horses is typically this: Set up a highline
using half hitches
to secure the ends, tighten using a power cinch (a 2:1 pulley using an overhand loop
) , and prusik
s to tie the horse leads to using a quick release chain knot.
Since I’m not a packer I’ve never needed to learn the more intricate knot systems required for that endeavor. So….
When you’re camping what type of ropework do you typically use and why?