How to Tie a Transport Knot

Use this knot to keep your hunting, fishing, and camping gear secure while in transit.

The transport knot is one of the more important knots that an outdoorsperson can know how to tie. As its name indicates, this is a knot designed for transportation. Tie the transport knot when you need to secure cargo to a roof rack on your vehicle or to a river raft. A couple advantages to the transport knot is that it is adjustable, and it won’t put a permanent loop in the middle of a line. Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1:

Attach the rope to an anchor on one side of the load, such as the frame of a cartop carrier. Throw it over the load, then pass it under the frame on the other side.

Step 2:

Form a loop in the rope above the frame. Several inches farther down, bend a bight in the rope.

Step 3:

Pass the bight through the loop.

Step 4:

Put a single twist in the loop this creates, then bring the rope end through it.

Step 5:

Pull hard on the rope end to cinch down the load, then secure the knot with two or three half hitches. These can be retightened easily, should moisture or shifting loosen the rope in transport.