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


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