The Figure-Eight Bend

Joining together two ropes is one of the most common camping tasks. The figure-eight bend, also known as the Flemish bend, is one of the strongest knots for tying together ropes of uneven diameters.

Step 1: Form a simple figure eight in one end of one of the ropes.

Step 2: Thread the end of the other rope through the figure eight you have already formed, following each twist and turn of the first rope to rethread the knot, exiting at the opposite end.

Step 3: Carefully set the knot, making certain that the rope strands are parallel to each other. If the strands cross, the knot won’t “dress down” smoothly and will be bulky and less secure.