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Numerous books have been written about knots. Most overwhelm readers with fifty ways of joining two ropesor a hundred variations of a loop, with hardly any discussion of why one knot might be better than another. The preponderance of nautical knots that have few if any applications for nonsailors (or even real sailors) dilutes the usefulness of many knot books. And surprisingly, very few give much information about the ropes themselves.
In The Outdoor Knots Book, I have narrowed the list of knots down to those most practical for hikers, campers, climbers, scramblers, canoeists, kayakers, and pretty much anyone else who spends time playing outside. Some you probably already know, though I might teach you new tying methods or helpful variations. Others may be knots you were aware of but too intimidated to try, or perhaps you were unclear about their applications and advantages. Yet others may be completely new additions to your bag of tricks.
Since knots depend on ropes and webbing, I’ve devoted the first couple chapters to describing the various materials and processes used in making cordage. Armed with this knowledge, you can select the best rope or webbing for the job. Equally important is learning how to care for cordage and tricks for handling ropes to avoid snafus.
CHAPTER 1: ROPE MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION
CHAPTER 2: ROPE SELECTION
CHAPTER 3: ROPE CARE
CHAPTER 4: ROPE MANAGEMENT
CHAPTER 5: KNOT BASICS
CHAPTER 6: KNOTS FOR HIKING & CAMPING
CHAPTER 7: KNOTS FOR CLIMBING
CHAPTER 8: KNOTS FOR CANOEING & KAYAKING