[at-l] Knotty Problem

nightwalker.at at gmail.com nightwalker.at at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 20:49:19 CST 2010

If you only learn four, you can get by with a two half-hitches, slip knot, bowline and square knot. Why specifically a square knot, since it is hard to untie after being under tension? Way back in the caveman days, that was the one and only knot in the Tenderfoot exam in Boy Scouts. It would be good to know it when they get there. If it's still in the test, at least.

When I made the earlier long list, I forgot you were asking for Cub Scouts. Oops!

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Bennett <bennett.ken at gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 9:37 PM
To: at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>
Subject: Re: [at-l] Knotty Problem

This page is awesome:


I learned a lot of knots at combat engineer school awhile back, but the ones I use most are:

figure eight
girth hitch

and I would have them know:

figure 8 double loop
trucker's hitch
clove hitch
square knot (not as useful as many people think)
round turn and 2 half hitches
timber hitch
prusik knot


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