Midshipman’s Hitch


The midshipman’s hitch is a great little knot which I use all the time.  Generally I use the midshipman’s hitch to stop my tarp moving along its ridgeline and also for fastening my guy lines.

Read this post in conjunction with this one showing the Evenk knot and this one showing the taut line hitch, both of which I use to put up my tarp.

The starting point of this post is that you’ve already set up your ridgeline, running through your tarp fixing points.

setting up a tarp | bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

Midshipman’s hitch

Step 1

I leave a piece of paracord about 20cm long tied to the loop on the tarp through which the main line runs.  Run this piece of paracord parallel with the main line.

midshipman's hitch | tarp | tarpaulin | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

Step 2

Put a half hitch around the main line.

midshipman's hitch | tarp | tarpaulin | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

Step 3

Add another 3 coils.

midshipman's hitch | tarp | tarpaulin | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

Step 4

Pull the paracord parallel to the main line in the same direction as it was originally going.

midshipman's hitch | tarp | tarpaulin | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

Step 5

Pull a loop through.

midshipman's hitch | tarp | tarpaulin | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

Step 6

Pull on the standing end and the loop tightens.  The beauty of this hitch is that it will only travel in one direction, away from the tarp.  Move to the other end of the tarp and tie another midshipman’s hitch.

midshipman's hitch | tarp | tarpaulin | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

You can then use exactly the samer hitch to fasten your guy lines.

midshipman's hitch | tarp | tarpaulin | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

Putting up tarps and hammocks is something we do on both our 2 Day Bushcraft Course and 5 Day Bushcraft Course.   You can see loads of photos from all of our courses on our Facebook page.


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Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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