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How to Tie a Taut Line Hitch Knot

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Uploaded on Sep 22, 2008

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Perfect for attaching the guy line of a tent to a peg or a post, this sliding loop is prized for its ability to adjust up or down, tighter or looser. If only pitching the rest of the tent were so easy.

Step 1: Make "Q" shape
Cross the end of the rope around the pole, and over the top of the remaining rope, making a "Q" shape.

Tip
Be sure to give your "Q" a very long tail—you'll need some extra length to complete the knot.

Step 2: Repeat
Do the same thing again, passing the end through the loop a second time in the same direction.

Step 3: Pull end down
Pull the end down parallel alongside the remaining rope.

Step 4: Make another "Q"
Make another "Q," but this time cross the end behind the long stretch of remaining rope.

Step 5: Pass end through lower loop
Pull the end up and pass it through the lower loop, this time from the front.

Step 6: Pull end tight
Pull the end tight. The remaining loop should slide easily up and down the line. Happy camping!

Did You Know?
The Taut Line knot has been a staple of the official Boy Scout Handbook since 1910.

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