Siberian hitch

The Siberian hitch (or Evenk knot) is a hitch knot used to attach a rope to an object. It is a type of slipped figure-eight noose. The hitch is known for having a tying method suitable even while wearing heavy gloves or mittens in cold climates. As a slipped knot it can be released simply by pulling the working end of the rope.

Siberian Hitch
NamesSiberian Hitch, Evenk knot, Evenk Slippery Figure of Eight Hitch
RelatedHalter hitch, Slipped buntline hitch, Highwayman's hitch, Packer's knot, Figure-eight knot, Farrimond friction hitch
ReleasingQuick release
Typical useBushcraft


The hitch and its associated tying method were recorded in use among the Nenets people of northern Russia in the early 1990s. The knot's ease of tying and releasing while wearing cold weather gear was cited as a primary advantage.[1][2]

It was also used by Ray Mears during his bushcraft television series.[3]


While it can be tied by other methods, it is associated with the one demonstrated in the following video.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Johansson, Tomas (1991), "Den Nentsiska Knuten", Forntida Teknik (in Swedish), Sweden: Institutet för Forntida Teknik, 1991 (2): 38–40, ISSN 0283-3301
  2. ^ a b Kvicklund, Rolf (July 1996), "The Nenster's[sic] Knots", Knotting Matters, London: International Guild of Knot Tyers (53): 47–49, ISSN 0959-2881
  3. ^ "Jungle Trek". Ray Mears' Bushcraft. Series 1. Episode 3. 2004. BBC.

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