Wilderness Rope Knots

Pike National Forest (Lost Creek Wilderness) Colorado

The Clove Hitch Knot

The American Backpacker

This article is about the Clove Hitch Knot.  This is my last wilderness knot in my series of articles on rope knots.  There are a total of (4) wilderness Knots you need to know and understand their applications.  The (4) rope knots covered to include the Clove Hitch are

  1.   The Tautline Hitch
  2.   The Bowline Knot
  3.   The Sheet Bend
  4.   The Clove Hitch

The Clove Hitch is used for binding or anchoring a rope to an object.  A Clove Hitch is used by climbers to anchor themselves to a point as they are climbing.  Climbers can also use the clove hitch to lower someone.

For the wilderness backpacker a clove hitch has multiple uses:

  • Used as a starting knot and end knot to lash items such as sticks or logs together.  This is especially useful building a shelter system.
  • Used to hoist or lower objects.
  • Used by wilderness backpackers hang their hammocks.
  • The clove Hitch can be used with webbing and straps and not only used with a rope, which is a plus for hammock backpackers
  • A temporary anchor point.

The Clove Hitch is a very easy knot to tie or untie.  Caution should be used when using this knot since it can come loose if tension is not kept on the knot.

 The clove Hitch is a very versatile knot that should be in your toolbox of knowledge when using rope, cordage, or webbing in a wilderness area.


Clove Hitch Knot

Clove Hitch Knot

Clove Hitch Knot

Clove Hitch Knot

Clove Hitch Knot

Clove Hitch Knot

Clove Hitch Knot

Clove Hitch Knot


Juniper Prairie Wilderness (Sunset)

The Sheet Bend Knot

The American Backpacker

The Sheet Bend Knot is also called the Weaver’s Knot.  This knot is my third wilderness knot in my series of knots you need to know in a wilderness area.  The Sheet Bend Knot is used to join (2) ropes together.  The ropes joined can be of different diameter’s or the same diameter.  Caution should be used when using this knot to insure you keep tension on it.

The knot can come loose without proper tension.  This knot allows a Wilderness Adventurer to extend ropes when needed.  Many times when you are at your basecamp you may have ropes that are cut different lengths for various applications.

When you need to use a longer rope this knot will allow you to easily and quickly extend the length of that particular rope.


Gila Wilderness

The Bowline Knot

The American Backpacker

The bowline is a very popular knot used by many people and professions.  The bowline dates back to the 16th century.  It was used primarily as a maritime knot that was used to secure items on a ship such as the sails.  The bowline has found its way into many different applications and professions.

The bowline is used extensively by rescue personnel and those involved in mountaineering.  The bowline is also used to secure small aircraft.  The bowline is great for securing heavy loads.  When tension is put on the rope it constricts the bowline knot preventing it from coming loose.  The bowline is also very easy to untie in emergency situations.

I use this knot for many applications when I am on my Wilderness Expeditions.  Below is a video on how to properly tie this knot.