Ropes & Knots
One of the most under rated survival skills has to be how to use different types of ropes and the many ways that knots can be tied to be used in lots of situations. This knowledge is useful to a prepper in a wide range of survival scenarios from lashing pieces of wood together to form your shelter or tripod, to creating animal traps and making sure that your canoe doesn’t float away.
Knots and ropes have been developed over the centuries and are currently used in multiple sectors from fishing and climbing to sailing, so having even a rudimentary knowledge is going to make those survival skills highly transferable in a survival situation.
Understanding the different types and strengths of rope, cordage and paracord will work to your advantage in a survival situation, and once you understand the benefits you will make sure that you have enough when prepping to bug out. It can be acquired cheaply in most cases, and you can even learn how to make cordage when you’re in the wilderness from tree bark and other natural materials.
Knowing how to tie knots for a variety of tasks is an indispensable part of your survival skill training, and of the hundreds of types of knots that exist you only really need a handful of the most important ones to get by. Whether it’s a clove hitch, a reef knot or a bowline, armed with this skill you will find light work of setting up your camp, fishing or setting a snare.
If you tie a knot wrong it can potentially become dangerous, especially when you are attempting to abseil down a rockface or set up your hammock, so it’s important that you practice the different types of knots carefully and follow the instructions exactly when creating them.
Here you will find lots of useful articles related to ropes, paracord, cordage and how to make knots for specific survival situations so you can be prepared for anything.