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.
Determine the Remaining Daylight on Your Fingers Use this simple trick to measure the remaining daylight without a watch. Count the finger widths between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is equivalent to 15 minutes, with each hand totaling an hour. When the sun dips low enough that only two hands fit, it's time to search for a suitable campsite and assemble a shelter (if you're near the poles, the sun will hover over the horizon for a longer period of time)