Last weekend I volunteered at a community trash off in my town. I worked in the dumpster area and people dropped off broken TV’s, old mattresses, and other household junk. We unloaded their trucks and sent them on their way. Except for one guy. He was in drive-through at least three times. I remember him because of his knots. They were works of art and none of us could untie them.
It brought a smile to his face every time.
He has me thinking about the wonderful skill of knot tying. Knowing how to tie a knot may help you to untangle yourself from tricky situations in the great outdoors. A good repertoire of knots is also every sailor or angler’s way of proving they are worth their salt.
Most of the time, however, you’re only going to need to know a couple of knots really well, and be able to tie them every time without slipping up. These basic knot tying instructions will give you a list of must-have knots for various situations, and best practices for tying them perfectly every time.
You may need to tie a rope to a tree, you may need to lash something up, or bind two ropes together. Knots serve different purposes and excel in different situations for various reasons. From tying trash to mountain climbing, in your backyard or the in backwoods, knowing three or four knots that do different tasks well is a skill you should master.