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Tarp Knots- The Evenk Hitch

Jamie Dakota

Continuing our knots for tarps series here is the primary knot, tied first of all, against which we can pull our tarp out from: The Evenk Hitch, named for the indigenous siberian peoples who taught this knot to Ray Mears in the 1990's and who in turn applied it his book Bushcraft.

Evenk hitch

The Evenk hitch is in principle a slippery loop tied with a figure-8 knot.

The clever bit is that, using this method, you can tie this knot in cold weather whilst wearing gloves or even mittens! sparing your hands from the biting cold.

bushcraft knot

The Knot is now tied.

Another benefit of this knot is that you can tie it at a comfortable height, then slid the noose around the tree up to the desired height for your tarp. Then by pulling on the tarp end of the cord the knot slides up toward the tree and holds in place.

So we've just one more knot to cover, and we've looked at all three key knots I use when setting up shelters. Check back for the final knot soon...

So we've just one more knot to cover, and we've looked at all three key knots I use when setting up shelters. Check back for the final knot soon...