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Most practical knots for hitching a line to an object while keeping the bitter end as tight as possible, without sag?

I use a truckers hitch it is easy to make and create and pull tight. It is not difficult to untie but does stay in place well. It is a great knot when you need to cinch something down. Image ...
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What is the strongest knot using a steel-thimble to make a steel-eyelet at the end of the line?

The absolute strongest? That would be an eye splice. It's the most effective and strongest form of making an eye in a rope and it's what the thimbles are designed to work with. It's nigh on ...
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Most practical knots for hitching a line to an object while keeping the bitter end as tight as possible, without sag?

I agree that the trucker's hitch will certainly do the job. That said, if your special situation requires retightening if things start to sag, you might consider the tautline hitch. It's a great ...
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Crevasse rescue with knots in the rope

In a 3:1 (Z-pulley) haul, the victim's rope is used for hauling directly. As you point out correctly, a surface rescue is impossible if you have knots in the rope, since the rope is under tension and ...
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How do you tie in to the centre of a rope?

The easiest way is to tie a fixed loop in the middle of the rope (figure 8, alpine butterfly, bowline on a bight, etc) and then clip the climber in to that loop using two locking carabiners. Two ...
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Hanging water bags for bathing without tree damage

Instead of using the branch as a pulley, lift the bag into position with one hand while pulling the slack out of the rope with the other. If the bag is too heavy to lift over your head with one hand, ...
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How do you tie in to the centre of a rope?

A knot that's simple and easy to use, explicitly for the purpose of tying in to the middle of the rope, would be the Alpine Butterfly. Tie it, then put it to your belay loop with one or two locking ...
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Knot to turn cord into loop (load bearing)

I believe the conventional way is to use a double (triple) fisherman's bend. This has the advantage of being and relatively compact. The main disadvantage is that it can be hard to undo if you need to....
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Figure-8 Followthrough Question

Yes, regardless of how as you dress it, that is still a figure 8 knot. It's not going to matter either, because once the knot is weighted, it will be pulled into the same configuration regardless of ...
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Hanging water bags for bathing without tree damage

Using anatolyg's idea of the carabiner, I think this will work. Thank you Anatolyg!
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Fixed line: Prusik vs mechanical ascender

As Freedom of the Hills also states: "Mechanical ascenders are stronger, safer, faster, and less tiring." – Freedom of the Hills The key advantage in there being, "less tiring", yes you ...
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Most practical knots for hitching a line to an object while keeping the bitter end as tight as possible, without sag?

As others have commented, Trucker's Hitch (with an Alpine butterfly) would be the best. Note that it would be enough to do it on one side only; I usually tie an Anchor Hitch at the other side. ...
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How to tension rope between two trees?

At one end, I tie the rope any old how. It can be loose even. Then I go to the other tree and pull as hard as I can on the rope until it's really tight. Then, holding tight, I walk around the tree ...
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Climbing indoors: emergency situations

P.S.: I just noticed the question explicitly said indoors! My answer ended up being considerably more general than required... But well, the logic is the same as in case (a): Indoors the bolts are ...
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Which knot for climbing: figure eight, yosemite bowline, bowline on a bight?

The three knots you listed are all quite suitable for tying in to a sit harness for rock climbing. The figure eight is the most widely used and most readily and easily inspected, and is not a bad ...
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How do I know when to choose between a Klemheist or prussik knot?

As already stated, these are very similar knots regarding their use. So there is not much that differentiates them from each other, or to other friction hitches. The advantage of the prusik is the "...
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Why are eye friction hitches not commonly used in rock climbing?

The main reasons is simplicity and habituation: A prusik made from a loop is easily taught and controlled. This is a point that many experienced climber forget about often: When people start they may ...
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How to use a Munter hitch to belay and rappel?

To answer your question as to the ideal break position when using the munter: It depends. It depends on your comfort and experience with the knot, its application and the situation. I have rappeled ...
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Which type of rope is to be used to practice knots?

3 to 7mm utility cord. It is designed to be tied. If you go to a climbing retailer you can typically buy by the foot.
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Knot for adjusting the length of a loop using both ends of a cord

A double fishermans can be adjusted for length by pulling on each knot and sliding them along the strand. You can also adjust the tail lengths and increase the number of turns to improve the ...
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How to tie a bull hitch using end(s)?

The bull hitch is just a cow hitch (aka girth hitch) with an extra round turn. Bring the working end over and around the bar then over itself. Make a turn around itself. Bring it behind the bar. ...
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How to tension rope between two trees?

Although you asked an outdoors question, I'm going to give you a physics answer that might shed some light (with an outdoors note at the end.) When you string an ideal rope (with zero stretch) ...
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Hanging water bags for bathing without tree damage

Make a figure-8-on-a-bight knot on the center of your rope; clip a carabiner into the knot. Clip the center of a second rope into the carabiner. Toss your first rope over the tree branch using the ...
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What is a bloquers?

It's what @imsodin said. Bloqueur is the french term for "blocker" in English. So when I talk about a bloqueur, I'm talking about blocking devices. The two that I use for ascending a rope are the ...
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Which is better, a single fisherman's knot or a double?

This is a great, and well thought out question! I'll try best as I can to answer as somebody that both climbs, guides, and teaches, but I worry that a correct answer doesn't exist, and at best it'll ...
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What knot tightens under pressure and is difficult to untie under tension?

Slip knot will work fine, but if you want a more secure knot then I would probably recommend the Poachers knot. It's essentially a slip knot tied with a double overhand instead of a single.
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How to tie an EBSB bowline?

You just needed to look a little farther on the PACI site for a step by step instuction on how to do the EBSB. Check out this pdf on page 37 - pw Copyright http://www.paci.com.au/knots.php
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