Quick Skills #8: How to Tie the Tumble Hitch




Introduction: Quick Skills #8: How to Tie the Tumble Hitch

About: Hi I'm Alex and I love to make stuff! I mainly work with different metals but I also love to explore new (to me) materials and dabble in woodworking, jewelry, knife making, design and many more.

Hi everyone,

this weeks video is a new episode of my Quick Skills series.

I was thinking that demonstrating how to tie a quick release knot would be an interesting addition to previous knots & lashings before we move on to other skill areas. I found this knot on Animatedknots.com and chose it due to its simplicity & efficiency.

Quick release knots/hitches can be used for temporary, non-critical tasks such as attaching the strings of a tarp to a tree/branch if you want to be able to take it down very quickly. Another option is to use this hitch if you want to open a knot remotely for example to recover a rope. Quick release knots are however not as reliable/secure as other hitches. Do not use a quick release hitch for climbing or when lifting critical loads.

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Check out the Instructable for the full how to and info on the current giveaway!

Let me know in the comments what you would like to see in future episodes of the Quick Skills series.

Cheers Alex

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Step 1: Start

  1. Take your rope an measure roughly one foot (30cm)
  2. Form a bight (bend the rope into an U-Shape)

Step 2: Bights & Loops

  1. Form a second bight over and place it over the pole/branch
  2. Pass the initial bight under the pole
  3. and through the second bight to form a loop

Step 3: Working and Standing Ends

  1. Pass the working end under...
  2. and around the standing end

Step 4: Yet Another Bight & Loop

  1. Use the working end and form a (nother) bight
  2. and pass it through the loop
  3. (Alternatively pass the working end through the loop and back again for the same result)

Step 5: Tighten the Knot

  1. Carefully tighten the knot ensure you leave 1/2 foot or more working end (or even more if you intend to use this hitch to recover the rope remotely)
  2. The hitch is most reliable when there is a load on the standing end
  3. To release the hitch you have pull on the working end and the knot will open.

Step 6: Giveaway

You can win one of three Let's Prep "Tinder" Skill Builder Kits including a 3-Month Instructables Pro Account.

The kit shown is the current work in progress of the Skill Builder kit which includes a number of natural and synthetic materials. The whole concept is still very much in development and I will publish Instructables & videos accordingly once I know where I really want to go with this.

All you have to do is to subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave me a comment at this video and include "I want to go out and learn something new!" & your Instructables username. You have until the 15th May 2016 1800 GMT to participate after which I will announce the winners on my FB, Twitter & Blog. (Only entries from the EU, Norway, Switzerland, USA & Canada are eligible to get the full package mailed (please understand that I pay for this myself), residents of other countries may only receive the Pro-Account).

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    3 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Love your approach, you are a good teacher. Could you make a video on how to splice a three stranded rope to make an eye loop?


    3 years ago

    Thanks for another good ible. I could see using this in conjunction with a snare.

    Alex 2Q
    Alex 2Q

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hm I think it would be worth testing. The force required to pull the working end might be a little to high for most applications though.

    Cheers Alex