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    I use a trucker's hitch knot. (The small loop can be made from a variety of loop knots.) Easy to tie under tension, easy to release.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trucker%27s_hitch

    Also good for tying canoes and kayaks to cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougPaul View Post
    I use a trucker's hitch knot. (The small loop can be made from a variety of loop knots.) Easy to tie under tension, easy to release.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trucker%27s_hitch

    Also good for tying canoes and kayaks to cars.

    Doug
    That looks similar to the knot I actually use for most of the year. I'm not sure what it is called. He calls it a McCarthy Hitch but I haven't come across that name in many tutorials so I don't know if he made that name up himself. This is the Skurka video it's in (approx 3:40 into video): https://youtu.be/slOhlEmBwwY. It works quite well and comes completely undone when you release it which is nice. The big issue I have when I'm wearing gloves is getting the "tag line" you pull through to tighten enough to stay snug. I started using a little stick in the hole as a toggle (something I saw in another video) which helps keep it from slipping out altogether but I struggle to get it tight unless I'm in bare hands.

    EDIT: I guess what I'm actually doing is called a slippery half hitch. Been awhile since I watched the video.
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    Using a loop of shock cord at the location where he ties the bowline allows the use of a fixed-length guy line between the tent and peg. Tie it once, leave it attached to the tent and forget about it. If desired, a taut-line hitch can be used at either end of the guy line to adjust the length as necessary. A taut-line hitch does not need to be untied. https://www.outdoors.org/resources/a...ne-hitch-knot/
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