for This Knot Page
The concept behind this knot page is to teach a minimal number of
knots that are enough to handle all the requirements we face in our diverse
high adventure trips. Ten knots is all we need. Studying a knot book can be
downright intimidating, with a bewildering number of knots. We provide a
site that can be visited as often as needed so you can practice when you
want, and find examples of where these knots are actually applied.
knots in itself is a fulfilling hobby and can become a lifetime study. This
knot page will not delve into these depths. Once you have a working
knowledge of these ten knots, though, you may be drawn to pursue a deeper
understanding of knots, their history and their applications.
You won't learn these knots all in one visit. Take your time. Repetition is
required. Pick one or two knots and tie them over and over. Then come back
another time and do it again. Then tie them without looking. Tie them with
different sized cords and ropes, as each will feel different. Over time you
will see progress.
Practice with different types of ropes. All knots do
not work in all types of rope. The hardware store and the outdoor supply
store have a wide variety. Some won't work well at all in a wilderness
setting. Kern mantle rope (nylon braid core in a woven sheath), as sold in
outdoor supply stores, is the most broadly useful for our Venturer
activities, but is the most expensive. Nylon braid rope is cheaper,
available in hardware stores, and works well in many applications, but can
be slippery and contact with tree bark or rocks can snag it and pull at its
fibers. Parachute cord is very versatile, too, and affordable. Experience
will teach you what to use.
If you had only one knot to learn, make
it the bowline. It's versatile, easy to untie
and the rope retains most of its strength.
If you had one knot to avoid using, it's
the square knot. It is not stable and the
remaining strength of the rope is cut to only 45% of its original strength.
knots for light duty can be very forgiving of errors. However, if the forces
on the rope or cordage are significant, great care must be taken in
selecting the right cordage or rope for the task, selecting the right knot,
tying the knot, consideration of the environment the knot is exposed to,
etc. Because of all these variables no responsibility is accepted for
incidents arising from the use of this web site material. Experience will
lead you in the proper applications of knots. Practice often. Learn from
others. Be careful.