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Tip of the Week - Taut Line Hitch

Another new series we're going to be kicking off this week is the tip of the week. Long time readers may remember our tip of the day series, which frankly was a bit too ambitious. This time around, we're going for one survival/preparedness-related tip per week. These will be skills based or low-cost projects, and should hopefully give you something to add to your repertoire.

This time up is a basic knot (actually a hitch), the taut line hitch. It's a very simple hitch to learn and useful from everything to securing a load to stringing up a tarp--anything where you need to add tension to a line. You can make adjustments to tension as needed, too - no need to re-tie the hitch!

On our recent move, I used the taut line a dozen or so times, mostly securing blankets to wood furniture. Despite being a simple knot, it is deceptively strong at keeping the line taut, while still allowing for adjustment in play if you need it.

If you don't know the taut line hitch, you'll be really surprised by the versatility. It's a "must know" in my book.

Resources for learning the taut line hitch after the jump.

This is the best YouTube tutorial I've found. ITS Tactical also has a good tutorial on tying the taut line, found here.


  1. I always recommend people have a good knot tying book. I seem to reference mine every few months or so as I just cannot remember these useful knots when I need them.

  2. AnonymousJune 22, 2012

    Very cool - thanks for the great tutorial link.

  3. AnonymousJune 22, 2012

    great tip, knots are so important, more so than many people know and this is a great one to learn. Takes about 2 minutes to learn it... Thanks.

  4. I was just thinking how to attach a wool blanket on to my ruck sack--this knot should do nicely!

  5. AnonymousJune 22, 2012

    thanks for the tutorial! this is a great idea for a weekly feature