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How to Tie a Taut Line Hitch Knot

Perfect for attaching the guy line of a tent to a peg or a post, this sliding loop is prized for its ability to adjust up or down, tighter or looser. If only pitching the rest of the tent were so easy.


  • Step 1: Make "Q" shape Cross the end of the rope around the pole, and over the top of the remaining rope, making a "Q" shape.
  • TIP: Be sure to give your "Q" a very long tail—you'll need some extra length to complete the knot.
  • Step 2: Repeat Do the same thing again, passing the end through the loop a second time in the same direction.
  • Step 3: Pull end down Pull the end down parallel alongside the remaining rope.
  • Step 4: Make another "Q" Make another "Q," but this time cross the end behind the long stretch of remaining rope.
  • Step 5: Pass end through lower loop Pull the end up and pass it through the lower loop, this time from the front.
  • Step 6: Pull end tight Pull the end tight. The remaining loop should slide easily up and down the line. Happy camping!
  • FACT: The Taut Line knot has been a staple of the official Boy Scout Handbook since 1910.

You Will Need

  • A single length of rope
  • A pole

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