Timber Hitch Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It


The Timber Hitch is for hauling significant logs (or something that shape), usually several occasions the diameter of the line employed. It will not jam, will not slip and will normally come apart conveniently after unloaded.

The Timber Hitch is correctly a substantially enhanced, substantially stronger version of the exact same notion as the half hitch.

Step 1. Make a turn. For these directions the component of the line underneath the timber will be the operating finish:

timber hitch knot step 1

Step two. Pass the operating finish below the standing component, and up more than the timber:

timber hitch knot step 2

Step three. Pass the operating finish back more than the standing finish:

timber hitch knot step 3

Step four. Tuck the operating finish underneath the close to component of the turn about the timber, forming a half hitch:

timber hitch knot step 4

Step five. Pass the operating finish back more than the line it just went below:

timber hitch knot step 5

Step six. Tuck the operating finish below the line once again, forming yet another wrap about it:

timber hitch knot step 6

Step 7. Hold wrapping the finish about this line, the far more occasions the much better for strength and safety. Wrap adequate occasions to retain the finish out of the way:

timber hitch knot step 7

The Timber Hitch can be tied on the finish as above, but when truly employed for hauling logs is usually tied in the middle of the log, and then a half hitch slipped more than the finish to act as a guide for pulling (a single would be pulling the line from the finish of the log exactly where the half hitch is).

Step eight. Make a loop, with the operating component underneath and closer to the log than the standing component:

timber hitch knot step 8

Step 9. Pass the loop more than the finish of the log:

timber hitch knot step 9

Step 10. Move the loop to exactly where you want it. The loops ought to be evenly spaced amongst the Timber Hitch and the finish of the log, so with only a single loop it ought to be about halfway amongst the knot and the finish:

timber hitch knot step 10

Step 11. Pull on the standing / hauling finish of the line to tighten the loop and move the log:

timber hitch knot final

Connected Knots

  • For a far more safe lengthways pull a suitable ‘slide and grip’ hitch is preferable, specially if security is a concern. The Icicle Hitch, Death Gripper Hitch and variations on the Prusik Loop are all very good examples.
  • The Timber Hitch is a variation of the Half Hitch notion, and so is connected to other variations like the Clove Hitch and Killick Hitch.


The Timber Hitch is a very simple knot, conveniently remembered and with several utilizes. On the other hand, it is breadth ought to not be overestimated, and in some conditions a slide and grip hitch or a loop is preferable.

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