In knots: Taught line hitch

I’ve been experimenting with various tarp configurations recently and putting a few important knots to effective use. Also known as the midshipman’s hitch (tied slightly differently), the taught line hitch is an adjustable loop knot that’s useful for holding a line under tension. You know those little plastic bits included with modern tents to tension the guy lines? This knot …

In knots: Tying bowlines with your eyes shut

It’s cold, dark, and snowing and you need to erect a tarp to shelter your camp. There are a handful of mighty knots that you should be able to fashion even with your eyes shut. The bowline (BOH-lin) is the “King of Knots” and every Maritimer or should know how to tie one. It’s immensely useful, easy to tie, and …