Standing end This is the long end of the rope that would go from you, the tie-er, to a tree, tent or belay point
Free end The end which is nearest to you and where single-line knots are tied
Bight A doubled-over bending of the cord, where many double-line (mid-rope) knots are tied
Backtie A second knot used to make sure the primary, load-bearing knot cannot come untied, also used to simply secure excess free-end cord
Departing rope Description for cordage that runs into or away from a knot
Try it out Learn how to tie the most useful backpacking knots by watching these slideshows.