One skill I have never had has been tying different types of knots. Over the years I have wasted a lot of rope using the wrong knot in different applications. Recently I have been working on that and learned how to tie a useful and very easy knot called the Bowline.
The Bowline is useful in that it is both easy to tie and untie – even after a heavy load has been placed on it. Although this knot provides a very strong hold on a load – it can work itself loose when not under a load. Therefore I wouldn’t suggest lowering yourself from a cliff with this knot otherwise you may make it to the bottom…..prematurely. Regardless – this is a great knot to hang something, lower something, or lift something up – that is under constant load.
Here are a few pictures showing how to tie the knot: