Scouting Skills – Taut Line Hitch

Tautline_HitchTaut Line Hitch

Purpose: an adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension. It is useful when the length of a line will need to be periodically adjusted in order to maintain tension.

Tying: Pass the end around the main rope (or the standing end of itself) to make a Half Hitch. Continue around going over the first turn. Tuck the rope between the standing end and the first turn. Tighten to make it secure (this introduces a slight dog-leg in the main rope). Continue around to add a final Half Hitch.

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