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clove hitch
Example of a clove hitch to
hang a lantern from a tree

Clove Hitch
The Clove Hitch is an easy-to-tie hitch to fasten a rope to an object.  It can work loose so it’s best used as a temporary or light-duty knot, or can have two half-hitches tied to secure it.  This knot retains 75% of the rope’s strength.

This knot can be used as a hitch.  Examples: tie a rope to an overhead branch to hang a coat out to dry, close a bear bag, or tie a canoe’s bow line to a tree or dock.

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Final knot
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Clove Hitch Windows Media QuickTime Podcast
Clove Hitch with a half hitch Windows Media QuickTime Podcast
Clove Hitch with extra twist Windows Media QuickTime Podcast
Clove Hitch - quick variation Windows Media QuickTime Podcast
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