Last year we had some problems with my cheap-ass shelter. The winds pretty much bent it all to hell. Phil’s bringing something much sturdier this year.
However, we’ll still need to tie it off. Last year, one of the nice fellows shooting next to us gave us a hand tying down the sail that was my shelter canopy, and Phil and I both observed him tying a very kewl knot that neither of us knew how to tie.
After a lot of reflection, I am pretty certain that knot was what my grandfather called a “trucker’s knot.” It’s shown here as a “trucker’s hitch,” and a very very useful knot it is.
By the way, this site is a beautiful example of how the Internet can be more useful than books in conveying information. I have some very nice books on knots, but none of them hold a candle to this site, with its slow- and fast-motion animations of knots being tied. Just a great site.
Also note that Rivrdog found a hell of a deal on rope. Check it out.