Matt Langford

Learn to Tie a Trucker’s Hitch, the Knot You’ll Use All Summer

A trucker’s hitch, also known as a power hitch, works year-round, but it probably gets used most in the summer. It’s how I secure canoes and kayaks to my truck, and on camping trips it’s crucial for tying down long spans of rope, such as clotheslines or tarp guy-lines. It’ll even hold stuff together while glue dries, secure packages, or pin a deer’s leg to a sapling while I field-dress it in the dark. Properly executed, this knot has a mechanical advantage—the force you gain by using a tool or, in this case, a knot—approaching 3:1.

This is one of those things that even city boys like me need to know. Comes in handy for so many uses.