tarp & hammock


Timber hitch   Recently updated !

A hitch is a type of knot that stays done up because it’s under tension.  So release the tension and it comes undone again without spending ages struggling with it.  This is especially useful in combination with putting up a hammock.  The hitch itself was used in the past for extracting timber from the woods.  […]

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fisherman's knot | bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

Fisherman’s knot

The fisherman’s knot is a fantastic yet simple way to tie 2 pieces of cord or rope together. It’s secure yet easy to undo again afterwards.  Here’s a short guide on how to tie it. Step 1 Tie a simple thumb knot in one piece of cord. Step 2 Slip the second piece of cord […]


Selecting a tarp

For me a big part of bushcraft is connecting with the natural world, it’s an exploration and appreciation of the marvels that mother nature provides.  And for that reason when I’m sleeping in the woods I prefer to use a tarpaulin, it gives me a feeling of immediacy, of being a part of the woodland, […]


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Packing your tarp away

If you haven’t already, take a look at this post on setting your tarp up. Packing your tarp away I said previously that how easy it is to put up your tarp is determined by how you put it away, so now it’s time to look at that. Undo your lines from the pegs and […]


Setting up a tarp

I love tarps, they’re my favourite way of camping out.  So here’s a post on how I put mine up. Siting your tarp When it comes to setting up your tarp for the night there are some things that you need to consider first (actually you’ll need to think about these things regardless of whether […]

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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, […]