Dave Canterbury shows you how to tie a jam knot—the ultimate tie-down tool for camping, backpacking and surviving in the wilderness! Dave Canterbury, the founder of the Pathfinder School and Self-Reliance Outfitters, has dozens of tips and tricks up his sleeve when it comes to surviving in the wilderness. You can start making the knot tying a small, closed knot in a line, then creating an open, not-yet-tightened knot a little further down.


Maybe it was hard to compress the bag, or when you needed the bag for sleeping, it was almost impossible to undo the super-tight knot you worked up. In this video, Dave goes into great detail to explain how to use a jam knot to secure your gear in the field.
Well, Dave Canterbury’s answer, the jam knot, is an easy solution that can help you tighten down gear like a sleeping bag without being too difficult to remove.


As you do this, the jam knot will act like a noose, tightening down without making an impossible-to-unravel knot.



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