When camping, I often need to tension a rope between two points, and it starts by tying the rope to the first point, which can be a tree. In this situation, I can use a bowline or a Siberian hitch or a clove hitch for example, which are respectively a loop knot, a slip knot, and a hitch knot. Is there a reason to choose one over the others?
First, I'm not sure of my English; I'm not talking about specific knots, but three categories of knots that are listed on Wikipedia:
- the ones that create a fixed loop (like the bowline, or the figure eight)
- the ones that create a slipping loop (like the Siberian hitch, or the running bowline)
- and the ones that hold tight to an object (like the clove hitch, or the anchor bend)
Secondly, I'm talking about a common situation in camping, when you need to attach a rope to an object, like around a tree, before tightening it to a second point. It can be setting a tarp, or a tent, or a line between two trees, or anything. Those situations requires to stretch a rope between two points (an eyelet, a handle, a pole, a peg, a tree...), and it starts by hanging the rope on one point, and then stretching it on the other point.
For the first part, when you need to attach the rope with a loop around an object, for example a tree, is there a reason why the loop should better be fixed, or running, or tight?