Cruise the Erie Canal
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Cruise through time and explore the rich
history of the Canal System that shaped a nation.
This is the simplest and most common of the gripping hitches. Every
Boy Scout uses a slight variation
of this hitch to secure tent guy
lines to tent pegs. It can be easily
adjusted by hand but then holds in
place under load.
Performance: The rolling hitch
is the easiest to remember and to
tie and untie. However, in tests of
gripping hitches, the rolling hitch
held only when used on a large-diameter line and it slipped when
used on smaller-diameter or slippery line, on wire, or on a greased
tube. After it has been tensioned
up, it’s always a bit difficult to
untie, though it usually doesn’t
require a marlinspike.
Bottom Line: The rolling hitch
is the best choice for low loads or
easy-to-grip mediums (like chain),
being the easiest to remember and
to tie and untie. But if you want
to be sure your line won’t slip,
don’t rely on the rolling hitch.
Think of It As Your Ship To Shore
1. Three turns are taken in
the direction of the strain.
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2. Then two half-hitches
are used to finish it off.
3. The camel hitch holds well
even with wet line.
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