If you are headed out for an outdoor adventure, level up your experience by bringing a hammock. There are some sweeter moments in life compared to lying in hammocks, watching sunset as you sway in gentle breeze, which is a great moment made nicer once you have somebody to share the experience.

Hammocks are good for solitary reading, snuggling with friends under the stars, afternoon napping, and several gear manufacturers have designed camping hammocks made from the tent materials for total airborne experience. Regardless of what its purpose, it is essential to ensure that knots used for tying the hammock between 2 trees may withstand the weight. The knots you have chosen for stringing up your hammock must be durable and have an ability to hold the weight of 2 people. Below are some of the knots to tie hammocks:

Figure 8


This type of knot is strong enough for all rock climbers. It is often used for securing harnesses. The knot’s most crucial aspect is that this can hold a particular amount of weight. It may be untied easily after holding that weight. This kind of factor makes it good for hammocks that should be taken down for bad weather or cleaning. Also referred to as Flemish knot, the figure 8 is actually the first knot that every climber learns.

Clove Hitch


For those who want quick tie, clove hitch is the best knot you should consider. It may be used on hammocks, yet only if hammocks are not a permanent fixture. Commonly, this is used for securing rope to the posts, poles or trees. Clove hitch is also common in sailing. When compared to other knots for tying hammocks, clove hitch is very easy to learn. The rope’s loose end is brought around the trees. Then, the end is crossed over in X-shape. The simple loop is not the knot’s end. The rope’s end is wrapped around a tree again and should be slipped underneath x shape. Basically, this is 2 of the same shape. For underhand and overhand, the rope should be an X shape. Once the shapes are made, knots are pulled tight.

Other Knots to Use to Hang Hammock

Hammock hangers basically use 3 knots. All of these are easy to learn and are common to all campers. Apart from this, they’re all simple to untie once you are done using a hammock:

Modified Bowline

Tying bowlines around a tree provides you a fixed, dependable end that will hold a huge amount of weight. If you’re not using tree straps, modify the standard bowline through wrapping it a few times around tree trunk before tying it off. For tying a bowline, take the rope’s end in your right hand as well as the running line on your left. Form an overhand loop. Pass its end in your right hand through a loop. Encircle tree two to three times and pass the end down through an original loop.

Bowline Knot with a Rip Cord and Lock (Modified Bowline) [YOUTUBE]

Becket Hitch

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It does a great job of tightening and attaching your hammock to trees. Commonly, it’s used for this purpose, which is frequently called hammock knot. You don’t need extensive knowledge about knots to make this. It’s good for beginners and it is very effective. Typically, you will use Becket hitch to connect 2 ropes together. You may use hammock rope or webbing to make this knot more effective. You should also be careful about this type of rope as this could damage the tree once your hammock is hung in the park or garden. To counter such effects, use webbing straps that will help you protect the trees from friction and scratches.

Backpacker Hitch

This is a perfect replacement for bowline on fixed end. This type of knot develops more friction yet the knot is not strong. It’s a great choice for smooth barked trees and hard posts.

Water Knot

How To Tie A Water Knot (Tape knot) [YOUTUBE]

It is another good knot to hold hammocks in place. This method hangs your hammock with slings, which are wrapped around your chosen tree twice and add the water knot. It is easy to do in comparison to some hammock knots. It also secures hammocks in place.

Two-Half Pitch

It is good to hold hammocks firmly to anchor points. This type of hammock knot is used for securing clothesline or hanging the hammocks to poles or trees.

Taut Line Hitch

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Since you already have a fixed end, you’ll require a knot that may be adjusted for taking up slack. This kind of hammock knot is ideal for this purpose. This also makes a good tent stake knot and there are times that this is called in that term. To do this knot, you have to loop the rope a few times around the tree. Take its end and wrap it 3 times around the line, which went around the tree originally. To lock knots, make the last loop around the one line yet under some loops and pass its end through the new loop, which will create an overhand knot. Then, the next thing you should do is to pull it tightly. It must be noted that taut line hitch is perfect for light line and would be undependable under the heavy loads. If you’re planning to put stress on hammocks, it’s best for tying a bowline at every end, working knots through taking up slack.

Significance of Hammock Knots

All hikers, whether professional or new, know how significant knots are when setting up tents and hammocks aren’t different from tents with that regard. It is a fact that hammock camping is much simpler compared to camping with tents. Yet, if you’re in a situation where you haven’t tied the hammock properly and swinging from a height, you might end up getting some injuries. This might be serious once you fell on your head or some damage prone parts of your body. For you to learn the right method to make hammock knots and safe locations to set it up, you have to do your homework as it is very important.

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