How to Tie a Tautline Hitch




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This is the knot if you want to secure a tarp shelter, stake a tent, and numerous other things. (in this case my sisters foot!).

Step 1: Step One

Luke the cord around itself twice.

Step 2: Step Two

Bring the cord around itself again.

Step 3:

Step 4:

Pull The end to make it tight.



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    3 Discussions


    5 years ago

    The Prussic is a climbing knot. It is made for smaller cord to attach to bigger cord. If pressure is not on the small cord, it will slide up or down. If pressure is on the rope it will not slip therefore you can climb up to the next loop. The tautline is meant for a clothesline or some other instance where you cannot have a loose rope. Hope that helped!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    what's the (practical) difference between this and a "prussic"?

    Is there any difference in the applications it could be used for?


    5 years ago

    The whole idea of this knot is not to snug it down on the tent peg( your sisters leg). When the end that is not shown is on the top of your tent pole, you bring the other end down around your tent peg ( sisters leg) as you did then slide the knot towards the tent and the knot will not slide back down, keeping your tent lines tight but also keeping it easy to adjust the tension as needed by sliding the knot. You have to grab the knot to slide it pulling the line binds it.