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.
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
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