Best Camping Knots

Knowing how to tie different camping knots is an essential skill in your arsenal. Whether you are a hardcore backpacker or a family camper, reading knot tying instructions is necessary for you to be safe and successful on your next trip.

And, these knots are not only useful for camping and hiking, but also for other activities, such as rock climbing, boating, fishing, and even knitting.

Below are the best camping knots for you to learn. You could learn these by examining knot tying diagrams, but they are all learned easier by viewing videos. I will provide YouTube videos for you to quickly and efficiently learn these knots to know for camping.

So What are the Best Knots for Camping?

Slip Knot

Best Slip Knot for camping

This is also called the “running knot”. The slip knot is one of the most versatile and useful camping knots. It is extremely easy to tie, and once finished, will make a loop that will tighten when pulled. This knot will never come apart, unless you pull on the end of the rope, which will allow you to quickly and effortlessly untie it.

The slip knot’s applications are endless: attaching a rope to an object, creating a running loop, knitting, etc. If you were to pick one essential knot to learn, it would be this one. Watch the video below to learn how to tie this knot.

Square Knot

What is Square Knot

You may have also heard this be called the “reef knot”. This knot is used for joining pieces of rope together.

Any time a rope or string breaks, knowing this knot will prove to be a life saver.

Below is a YouTube video that provides perfect knot tying instructions for the square knot.

Cat’s Paw

The cat’s paw knot is an excellent knot to use if you want to attach a rope or string to another object. You can use this knot for fishing, tying a tent down, or anything else.

Besides being very versatile, the cat’s paw knot is one of the easiest and simplest camping knots out there. Watch the video below to learn how to tie this excellent knot.

Clinch Knot

Clinch Knot

You may have heard this called the “fisherman’s knot”. This knot is mostly known for its fishing applications. The clinch knot is usually the first knot taught to beginner fishermen to be used to attach line to a hook, swivel, or lure. So, if you like to fish, this knot is very useful.

But, the clinch knot is not only used for fishing. It can be used to secure any object.

There are many, many YouTube videos providing knot tying instructions for the clinch knot, but the best one I have found so far is the video I have listed below.

Once you learn these camping knots, you will have a life skill that many people lack. So, get out there and enjoy your next trip!

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