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Remember that time when the 4x4 was stuck in the sand? And the time on the boat? You could have looked cool and macho then.

You know you need to know them, and you could have used them a hundred times over the past years. - but you have just been too lazy to memorise them.

I am talking about essential knots and hitches.

Now we have gone to the trouble to make and photograph the most useful of them in the African Expedition studio to try and get your lazy mind started up.

Here is your chance ...


Two strand overhand knot

Creates a big stopper knot and holds chords together

Double Overhand knot

Forms a larger stopper knot than the overhand. When tightening, pull ends apart and twist in opposite directions and pull tight.

Bow Thong Knot

 Used by natives in New Guinea for securing the end of the split cane bow thong to the pointed end of the bow

Quick-release knot

  Secure and will come untied with a sharp tug.

Sheepshank Knot

  Used for shortening rope. If you have access to the end of the rope pass the rope through the bight. Sticks make it more secure

Pruisik Knot

  Use as a sliding loop. It will not slip under tension but can be moved when tension is released. Mountaineers take ends round and back through the loop.

Strangler Knot

  Useful for holding things together

 Two half hitches

 A secure way to tie a line to anything

Bowline knot (Also see Loops, Bowline)

    Very secure and easy to untie


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