Ultimate Guide To Hammock Knots

Hammocks make our lives more interesting and pleasant!

You can use them to admire the sunset or let the sun kiss you in the morning, at sunrise. You can enjoy a fantastic book while a gentle breeze whisks you away in the land of imagination. Or you can have a fun evening with friends, under the stars.

But none of this can happen if you don’t know how to properly install a hammock.

Besides finding the perfect spot and trees, you also need to know a bit about knots. While outdoor enthusiasts know several different types, the regular camper only needs to know at least three different kinds, and these are the ones we’ll discuss in today’s guide.

The Figure 8 Knot (or the Flemish Knot)

Flemish Knot

As you guessed it, the knot looks like a figure 8. Overall, it’s easy to make and the knot is strong enough to support your weight in a hammock. In fact, rock climbers use it to secure their harness, so you can completely trust its efficiency.

The reason this type of knot is so popular is twofold: first, it can securely hold a certain amount of weight and second, it unties quite easily.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Put the rope on a flat surface
  • Take the tail of the rope and pass it over the rope, to form a loop
  • Continue with the tail around the rope to see a figure-8 symbol in your pattern
  • Feed the tail through the loop and tighten it securely

The Clove Hitch

Clove Hitch

The knot is easy to make in a hurry and is used a lot in sailing, where time is of the essence.

When it comes to hammocks, it can be used to secure the rope around a pole or tree, but it’s also useful when securing a carabiner that will then be used to hang the hammock to a ring or a strap.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Pass the end of the rope around the pole (or carabiner)
  • Create an X shape with the standing end (go across it)
  • Go around the pole a second time
  • Thread the end under the X-shape
  • Tighten the knot to secure everything in place

The Backpacker Hitch

Backpacker Hitch

This knot uses friction to make the grip tighter, which is why it works best on smooth surfaces such as posts, poles, or trees with smooth bark. Of course, you can also use it on trees with rough bark, but it may be a bit difficult to tie it and protect the tree at the same time.

The Backpacker Hitch is not a strong knot, but it works well with hammocks. Also, to untie it, all you need to do is pull on the working end. This makes it great for when you have to take shelter, or you need to leave in a hurry.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Wrap the rope around the tree about 3+ times (make sure it’s tight)
  • Do two more wraps, but keep these loose
  • Bend the end of the rope and tuck it under the two loose loops
  • To fix everything in place, just pull the back string to make all the loops tight

Why are Knots so Important?

Whether you’re passionate about hiking, climbing, sailing, or anything other outdoor sports, knots will be an important part of your life. You’ll use them to set up tents, create suspension points, secure hammocks, tie sails, and so on.

Knowing how to tie the best knot for your situation can save your life! It’s also a way to save time and enjoy your outdoor adventure without any frustrations.