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    The ‘Heaving Line’ Knot

    The Heaving Line knot is designed to add weight to the end of a rope, making it easier to throw accurately over long distances, such as between ships or to shore. It is particularly useful for situations where a lightweight line alone would not have enough momentum to reach its intended target. One of the primary benefits its ability to add weight to the end of a rope, allowing for more accurate and controlled line throwing. This is essential for tasks such as passing lines between ships or to shore, where precision and distance are crucial. By adding weight to the end of the line, it increases the momentum and…

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    Overhand Loop Knot

    The Overhand Loop is a versatile and straightforward knot used to create a secure fixed loop anywhere along a length of rope. Here are some common uses and benefits:  Fishing: The overhand loop is frequently used in fishing to create a loop at the end of the fishing line. This loop allows for easy attachment of hooks, lures, or other terminal tackle. Climbing and Mountaineering: In climbing, the overhand loop can be used to create a secure attachment point for carabiners or other climbing gear. It’s often used in conjunction with other knots in anchor building or to attach slings to harnesses. Camping and Outdoor Activities: For setting up tarps,…

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    The Butterfly Knot

    Climbers often rely on the butterfly knot in diverse scenarios due to its versatility and reliability. Whether equalizing a belay setup or isolating damaged rope; it is a secure loop knot that is proven to be indispensable. In the realm of glacier climbing, the butterfly knot assumes a pivotal role. It allows climbers to securely attach a third person safely to their rope and fostering team spirit. This becomes particularly crucial when navigating the challenging and unpredictable terrain of glaciers. Tying Guide Start with a bight (a U-shaped bend) in the middle of the rope where you want the loop to be. Take one of the free ends of the…

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    Rolling Hitch

    The Rolling Hitch stands out as a remarkably versatile friction knot, skillfully employed to fasten a rope securely to a pole or post. It also excels in connecting one rope to another, offering the unique advantage of eliminating the necessity to access the ends of the rope for a seamless and efficient attachment. Tying Guide The Rolling Hitch is particularly useful to relieve the strain off a fouled rope or hawser As always, become comfortable with the steps and to ensure a secure knot. #livealifetodiefor #marlowropes  #MoreThanMyPast #itsrogerx

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    Sheepshank

    The Sheepshank knot serves the purpose of temporarily shortening a rope without cutting it or taking slack out of a line. It was historically used in sailing and other activities where ropes were commonly employed. Tying Guide Be aware, the Sheepshank knot is not suitable for critical loads as it can slip if not under tension. If a section of a rope is damaged or weakened, the Sheepshank can be used to bypass the damaged area and create a functional, shorter rope without compromising its overall strength. While the Sheepshank was historically used for securing loads, particularly on trucks or trailers, and in sailing applications, it’s important to note that…

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    Taut-Line Hitch Knot

    The Taut-Line Hitch is indeed a versatile and reliable knot for outdoor enthusiasts, backpackers and campers. Typically used for securing tent lines, hammocks etc…This knot is handy for creating an adjustable loop that stays in place even under tension, making it ideal for situations where you need to secure something but might need to adjust the tension later. How to Tie Tips: #livealifetodiefor #MoreThanMyPast #itsrogerx #RNLI

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    Wild Outdoor Cooking Sets

    An outdoor cooking set is a comprehensive package tailored for the nomadic at heart—ideal for campers, hikers, or anyone embracing the thrill of outdoor exploration. Catering to the needs of adventurous souls, be it navigating the untamed wilderness or settling in at a campsite with a hankering for swift and effortless meal solutions, this basic kit truly shines. Boiling water or conjuring a satisfying meal becomes a swift affair with the all-inclusive tools and gear provided. Cooking Set includes:Folding cooker c/w WindbreakerFireDragon Fuel Tablets x 3 (BCB solid fuel/biofuel are eco-friendly)Fireball Flint & Striker c/w Mini Compass Can Opener Knife & Fork clip onto rivets on the Spoon handle. Versatility is…

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    Due Diligence for the Adventurous

    Exercising due diligence concerning health and safety is paramount. Risk Assessments is required for all Adventurous Activities; especially in environments like mountains or during activities such as an Atlantic row. Neglecting safety measures in these settings could potentially lead to severe consequences. Reflecting on past experiences, particularly the tragic loss of a fellow oarsman during the Atlantic row in 2016, and the significant dropout rate in Rugby on Everest 2019 has significantly impacted my perspective. The incident underscores the importance of ensuring comprehensive safety measures are in place. The Skipper and owner of the vessel faced legal consequences, pleading guilty to failing to ensure the safe operation of the vessel. Their…

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    Rock Scrambling

    Scrambling lies in that grey area between the simplicity of hill walking with the technicality of rock climbing. Basic Guide to Scrambling How to Navigate Scree Loose Scree / friable rock is hair-raising, it makes the scramble tougher mentally Carefully maneuver your boots into the scree, especially effective when it’s just a few inches deep. Engage the front of your boot, securing a stable foothold, and meticulously shift your weight before replicating the process with the other foot. Keep your center of gravity low by slightly bending your knees and leaning forward. This helps you stay stable on shifting surfaces. Moving slowly with shorter, deliberate steps reduces the risk of…

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    Water Crossings: Techniques and Tips

    Water crossings offer a mix of excitement and challenge. There are various factors range from navigating shallow streams to traversing deep rivers. Whether one opts for fording, using a bridge, or sailing across in a boat, the primary focus remains on assessing the environment and choosing the safest approach. Essential considerations: Depth of the water , current intensity, and the nature of the terrain; emphasizing the paramount importance of prioritizing safety above all else. Look downstream; consequences are crucial if you get swept away by the current Slow, deep water is often safer than shallower, swift water!! Guidelines for Safe River or Stream Crossings: Prepare for Quick Release: Loosen your…