Howto: paracord knots for bushcraft and survival
Paracord is a great companion when you go out into nature. When, for instance, you go camping, or for survival or bushcraft purposes.You use paracord to hang a hammock or a tarp, to tie your sleeping bag to your backpack or to tie a bunch of branches together. We will teach you the most famous paracord tying techniques to make sure you have nothing to worry about during your next outdoor adventure. Tip: don't forget to bring your lighter and pocket knife when you start using paracord. With it you can burn the ends of the paracord when you cut a piece of.
Top 5 paracord tying techniques
1. The clove hitch
Used for: binding rope to an object, pioneering, rock climbing.
The clove hitch is a common knot often used to tie a rope around a round object, like a tree or pole. This knot, however, is not as suited for square poles, as it will easily come loose. There are two ways to create the clove hitch: the normal method and the fast method. The fast method, however, can only come in handy when the top of the pole is free.
2. Square knot
Used for: tying two ropes together, sailing.
The square knot is great when tying together two ropes of the same thickness. You use it when you hang a tarp and a piece of paracord is too short to reach the tree. This is how you create this knot:
- Cross the left part of your rope over the right end.
3. The slipknot
Used for: hanging a tarp, stopper knot.
The slipknot is very popular because you also easily pull it apart. It is often used as a stopper knot. It is also the start of the bowline, which is described below.
- Hold your thumb and index finger together and place a loop around the end of these fingers. Make sure you will be left with approx. 15 centimetres at the end of the rope.
5. Prusic knot
Used for: climbing, hanging a tarp.
You use the prusic knot to tie a thinner piece of rope to a thicker piece of rope. That is how you create a solid knot you can slide over your paracord. When, for instance, you will hang tent cloth from a stretched piece of paracord. The prusic knot is a fricton knot and is often used by climbers as a fastener for abseiling, for instance. This knot, however, is not practical when tying together two thick pieces of rope, because the knot will not hold properly. This is how you create it:
- Take a thin piece of rope about 20 to 30 cm long and fold it in half. Now tie a knot in it.