Knot School: 8 Essential Knots for Hikers

Knots are a backpacker's best friend. Learn how to tie 8 essential knots with our step-by-step tutorials.
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Knots are a backpacker's best friend. Learn how to tie 8 essential knots with our step-by-step tutorials.

Are you one of those hikers who always defaults to a square knot? From strapping down cargo, to cinching tent guylines, to lowering a pack over a ledge, here are 8 common knots that every outdoor enthusiast should have in their toolkit.

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