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At Howl we specialise in journeying skills, the Bushcraft we practice and teach is that of the traveler. There is a wonderful simplicity that comes from taking a trip in the outdoors, a pragmatism gleaned from necessity. We draw from this experience in the field to teach a set of skills and knowledge based in expedience and realism, skills that actually get used while outdoors. We provide an insight into the Natural world, opening up a vast array of natural resources and knowledge to help you travel with less reliance on the contents of your rucksack: it’s what you carry in your mind that matters.

 

 We teach these practical skills in a friendly and open way, our hope being to enable you to make your adventures into the Great Outdoors memorable and enjoyable. We'll help you cultivate a positive attitude, a confidence in yourself, and a connection with the natural world through which you travel.

We promote the utmost respect for the environment, the ability to pass unnoticed through the woods brings with it a deeper understanding of the wilderness, and our part in it. It is this philosophy which forms the very core of our work.

We promote the utmost respect for the environment, the ability to pass unnoticed through the woods brings with it a deeper understanding of the wilderness, and our part in it. It is this philosophy which forms the very core of our work.

Tarp Knots- Keep it Taut

Howl Bushcraft Blog

Tarp Knots- Keep it Taut

Jamie Dakota

The third and final knot in the series I use regularly to pitch my tarp when camping. In the last article we looked at anchoring one end of the ridgeline with the Evenk Hitch; this article with cover the knot at the other end- The Taut Tarp Hitch. These two hitches used alongside the slippery guyline hitch are all you need to secure a tight and evenly pitched tarp.

Once you've tied one end of your ridgeline to a tree using the Evenk hitch, take the other end to another tree.

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Here's the secret

 

 

 

 

As you pull tight and go back around the tree, cross the lines. This bites the line in place and reduces the amount of 'pull' you will feel from the tension, making it easier to tie the knot.

I hope you've enjoyed this series of three bushcraft knots. They all have a wider application than use erecting tarps, so they're well worth learning and hold in your knowledge bank should you ever need them.

If you'd like to learn more my Itinerant Bushcraft course features these knots and two others that can be use to solve just about any binding issue when in the backwoods.

I'd love to hear what you think, so feel free to leave a comment below.

All the Best

Jamie Dakota

If you'd like to upgrade the cord on your tarps I've created a product specifically for this in our shop:

Tarp Guylines

These superior cords have been specially selected and trialled for years by Jamie at Howl. 100% polyester they out perform all other options in the forest.

  • 1x 10m long 4mm ridgeline
  • 5x 4m long 2.5mm guylines 
  • 2x 20mm long 2mm loops for tensioning prusiks

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