Survival Knot Tying: The Complete Guide To Tying A Clove Hitch

Of all the survival knots, the clove hitch rates up there with the top five. Once you’ve read this post, you’ll know why a clove hitch is important to know. You’ll also get some examples of where you would use it. Finally, I’ll show you one disadvantage and thing to be aware of when using the clove hitch.

 Why Is The Clove Hitch Important To Know About?

The clove hitch is a key knot. That’s because it’s an all purpose knot that’s easy to tie and untie. It’s simple enough that you can tie it with one hand. That becomes important if you suffer an injury that leaves you only with one usable hand.

Also, the clove hitch is a good binding knot. That is, it can be used to secure the end of a rope to another object. But, it is also easily tied in the middle of a rope. You might do that to secure the line to a carabiner.

 Situations And Examples Of Where You Would Use This Knot

So let me give you some specific situations where a clove-hitch would be useful. One situation is when you need to tie something to a tree, post, pipe or barrel. Another use is in rock climbing if there’s a belaying station. It’s also an ideal knot for strength.

Another use is where you’re docking your boat. If you need to keep it from drifting off or bumping into the dock this would be a good knot. And if you’re keeping boats anchored the clovehitch keeps your anchor in place so that you don’t lose it and start drifting.

 So How Do You Tie One?

Its simple. Check out this link. It will show you in six steps.  So once you get it figured out try this.  Practice tying it to your index finger. Once you’ve done that, you have mastered the ability to tie a clove hitch one-handed.

 Some Warnings

Although this knot is versatile, there are some cautions. If the object you are tying to rotates or if you aren’t keeping constant pressure on the line, it can slip and come undone.

* The ropes you use shouldn’t be slippery or wet. Otherwise they won’t hold.
* The ends of the rope need to be loaded equally. If one end has more of a load than the other, then the knot might slip and fail entirely.
* If you stack clove-hitches, its possible that the line may bind and tighten. The result will be a knot that can be impossible to untie.
* This is a knot for tying a rope to a post. And for that reason, its not a secure knot.

And for those of you with horses, another warning.
You should never tie your horse to a square post using a clove hitch. On a round post, the hitch will stay tied. But on a square post, it can work itself loose if your horse moves around.

So there you go!