Originally Posted by Mr PotatoeHead
Regarding the clove hitch: we use it to attach a line to bamboo when closing a trail or making a trail entrance gate because you don't need any ends to make the knot, just 2 loops over the top of the bamboo pole, which is stuck in the snow, that way you can run the line across the trail entrance and make it fast to some trees, then drill the 'boo holes, set the 'boo, raise the line.
Did you ever see these.http://www.reliableracing.com/detail...&category=7202
We use them for trail closures, tie the male clip on the downhill side and loop the rope with female clip on the uphill side. When closing the trail, grab the loop of rope with clip attached and ski it to the other side and attach to the other clip that's tied to the other side, attach clip and rope is set. Nicer, but not neccessary, is if you use a loop and a sliding knot on the downhill side so you can adjust tension. When opening trail, go to uphill side, grab rope and give a good pull, clip disengages, loop up rope and the rope is done. We have them permanently set up all over the mountain, they save tons of work, and you you can attach to fixed objects since the clip provides breakaway.....
OK, maybe it should be moved to patrol room.....