The trucker’s hitch is a compound knot that functions as a kind of pulley affording a 3-1 mechanical advantage effectively tripling the amount of pull on the working end. I use the trucker’s hitch when tightening up tarp lines, securing loads or making bundles. See my tarp knots infographic for more tarp knots
The hitch begins by forming a loop using a marlin-spike hitch (alternatively you can use an alpine butterfly or just about any loop knot). The end of the line is led as shown and the working end pulled to tighten the hitch. Once things are tightened up secure the knot with two half hitches or a taught line hitch.
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