SLIDESHOW SERIES: Learn How to Tie Knots

Learn how to tie the potentially life-saving bowline knot and more with these step-by-step photo tutorials.
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Learn how to tie the potentially life-saving bowline knot and more with these step-by-step photo tutorials.

Bowline Knot

The classic climber's waist loop knot for going ultralight, and the strongest single-line knot you can tie in cord.

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Half Hitch as a Bowline Backtie

A half hitch is an overhand knot tied around departing cord. It's the simplest way to secure a bowline waist loop for critical uses like climbing.

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Overhand Knot

The simplest knot you can put in any rope, it's also useful to create a loop with minimal footage.

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Figure 8 Knot

This easier-to-untie version of the overhand knot is useful for more than just tying into a climbing harness.

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Clove Hitch, Mid-Rope

A quick knot for anchoring to something secure. It's easily adjustable for tension on either end.

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Clove Hitch, Single Line

A readily adjustable rope-end knot for trees and large objects, but tougher to visualize than its mid-rope version.

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Quick Release Overhand Knot

A handy knot that's instantly undone for tie-and-go uses. It's also a key component of the trucker's hitch.

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Quick Release Trucker's Hitch

The best knot out there for tightening and releasing cords that will be heavily loaded.

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Tautline Hitch

This is the normal hitch for tightening tent guylines without using hardware.

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Prusik Knot

This sliding loop is a climbers' staple (and can help you climb trees.

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Sledge Knot

Use this knot to tie logs together when making a raft.

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Glossary: Learn knot-tying terminology.