Sometimes called a slippery adjustable loop, an adjustable guy-line knot is very useful to know, particularly for those interested in bushcraft. Whether you are setting up a small or large tarp, or even a tent, this knot allows you to adjust the tension in a guy-line without the need for fancy clips or toggles.
The absence of of tensioning clips or toggles also means you can pack your guy-lines away more tidily. A slick and easy knot to tie, once you have mastered it you will be able to pitch camp even more quickly.
For the weight-conscious back-packer, using this knot instead of the tensioners fitted to tents and some tarps will allow you to shave a few more grams off your pack-weight.
What follows applies equally to tent guy-lines as well as tarps but for simplicity I will just refer to tarps. Typically we use a peg to fix guy-lines but we can also use conveniently placed tree-stumps, exposed roots, saplings and trees. For simplicity I will just refer to pegs.
That’s all there is to tying this very useful knot. I like its elegance and the way it helps you simplify your equipment. It reduces clutter attached to your tarp/tent. It also speeds up pitching and breaking camp. To release the knot, all you need to do is pull the live end, pulling the bight out of the knot.
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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor, qualified canoe leader and mountain leader. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.