Re: clove hitch around a tree
Bob Myers (rmyers@ONE.NET)
Sun, 12 Nov 1995 23:20:40 -0500
No problem doing it (I think:)), but it should be interesting trying to explain
it. Here goes.
First, if your 10 feet from the tree, your going to need about 50 feet of rope.
This could be done with 2 people or even alone if your careful and use some
stakes to secure the rope temporarily. My explanation will entail 2 Scouts.
Start by Scout 1 holding one end of the rope in his right hand. He is 10 feet
from the tree and facing it. Scout 2 takes the remaining amount of rope and
walks around the 10 foot (radius) circle around the tree in a counterclockwise
direction, laying out rope as required. When he returns to Scout 1 he snugs the
rope up by gently pulling it up around the tree. He allows Scout 1 to grab the
rope again with his left hand this time. Scout 1 now has the rope in both hands
with the tree in the snug loop.
Scout 2 passes the remainder of the rope over Scout 1's head, crossing above the
end of the rope in Scout 1's right hand. Scout 2 makes another counterclockwise
loop around the tree, staying 10 feet away at all times and snugging the rope up
when he gets back to Scout 1. This second loop around the tree should be laid
UNDER the first. Although I haven't ever done this game before, I would imagine
that getting this right is one of the tricks.
When Scout 2 returns to Scout 1 the second time, he should pass the remaining
end of the rope under Scout 1's feet, continuing to keep everything snug. Scout
1 should keep his left hand about 1 foot higher than his right, continuing to
keep everything snug. While standing on the right side of Scout 1 and facing
the tree, Scout 2 should pass the remaining end over the starting end in Scout
1's right hand (toward the tree). At the same time, the rope should pass under
the right side of the loop in Scout 1's left hand (held higher). Scout 2 should
bring the remaining end of the rope up through that loop, passing it between
Scout 1's left hand and the tree.
At this point, the whole mess should again be snugged up without losing the
tension or positioning on the 2 loops around the tree. Scout 2 can gradually
increase tension on the remaining end, while Scout 1 does the same with the
starting end. Both end should be brought to the same elevation so they touch
slightly. The loop in Scout 1's left hand can then be guided into the V formed
by the two ends.
The knot is now technically complete, but having never done this, tightening the
knot could get at little messy. The trick is pulling the two ends out about
twenty feet each while maintaining some tension and semblance of order. I
suppose you could simply run like hell and hope the whole thing snapped into
place (might depend a little on the shape of the tree); or you could gently try
the same, all the time maintaining tension as best you can; or you could use a
temporary length of rope (maybe one of the rope ends that will now get longer)
to slip between the tree and the rope (at the V) so someone could pull back a
little and maintain the tension while the knot is tightened. This temporary
rope could then be pulled by one end to remove it from between the knot and the
Well! Wasn't that messy! I'll have to try this some day, or better yet, have
some of my Scouts try it.
Bob Myers, SM, Troop 575, Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, Ohio
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City