The half hitch is a basic starter knot with a myriad of uses ranging from securing a high line system to tying a horse to a post. The friction caused by the wraps of the rope is the magic that holds this knot in place.
The half hitch is a simple overhand knot, where the working end of a line is brought over and under the standing part. Insecure on its own, it becomes a very valuable component of a wide variety of useful and reliable hitches, bends, and knots.
For use around camp and pack stock using a double half hitch combined with a quick release is a prudent measure.
The basic tying of a half hitch knot is simple in the extreme:
Pictured to the left are examples of the basic half hitch on top and the more useful double half hitch with a quick release on the bottom.
The Basic Half Hitch
The Double Half Hitch with a Quick Release
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