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Tying knots has always been a crucial outdoor skill that people, especially those who lack it, tend to ignore. However, the experienced outdoorsman has had enough success and failure to know that there are right and wrong knots for specific jobs. It is, therefore, essential to understand which knots to use where and when.

 

An ideal knot can save lives when handling a survival situation, conducting first aid, and working over heights or water. However, it is essential to note that you have to know how to tie it. Therefore, make sure you understand what to do with your rope the next time you head into the wild by learning the following Three essential outdoor knots.

 

Square Knots

 

The square knots are used to connect lines and tying knots. Square knots come are crucial, especially when you want to tie two ropes together so that it becomes longer or even when you want to tie up a bundle of firewood to become easy to carry. It is easy and secure. All you need is to lap one rope right over left, then underneath the other. The process then continues in reverse.

 

Clove Hitch

 

It is pretty easy to tie a clove hitch knot. It is used to secure a line to a tree or a post. However, this knot slips, mainly when used singly. It, therefore, required a backup of other knots. All you need to create a clove hitch is to make a loop or rope around the tree. The process will continue by making another loop, passing the free end of the cord beneath the second loop, and then tightening.

 

The Bowline

 

The bowline creates a loop at the end of a rope that cannot shrink or expand. To tie a bowline, you will have to form a circle on top of its long end. You will then pass the bar’s working lot upwards through the loop and around behind the bar. You will then have to give the working back down through the original circle. This is done while maintaining the shape of the second shape, which in this case, is your bowline loop. Make a point of learning how to tie these essential knots.