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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A readily adjustable rope-end knot for trees and large objects, but tougher to visualize than its mid-rope version.
The best knot out there for tightening and releasing cords that will be heavily loaded. It's perfect for cinching down gear, tensioning horizontal spans of rope, or getting a large tarp tightly pitched.