Knowledge

The greatest thing about knowledge is that it is probably the most useful thing you are carrying on a hike and yet it weighs nothing. Knowledge can be acquired through trail and error, research and experience. Its probably best obtained through a wise mix of all three. The level of essential knowledge depends very much on the scale of the trip, however, it is always useful.

Packing a backpack

You may think that packing a backpack is a mundane task, however, it is both an art and science! How you pack your backpack can significantly impact your enjoyment on the trail. Much of this is common sense, however, a little thought into what and where can save time and …

River Crossings

River crossings are dangerous. Given that it is possible to drown in still water a finger length deep, attempting to cross a deep fast flowing river is very dangerous. One of the most common causes of death in US national parks is drowning. Far more than what most people fear …

Truckers Hitch

In this example, we lift a roll of duct tape, however, the Truckers Hitch is devised to lift much heavier objects. Take a bight of rope in reach and create a loop. Here we use an overhand but a figure-8 on a bight is probably better. Loop the rope though, …

Knot Terminology

There is a bunch of knot terminology. Below are some key knot terms: Bight, a central part of the rope Cord, para-cord for example Cinch, tightening the knot Dressing, re-arranging a knot to ensure the knot is properly tied End, standing end – opposite end to the working end (where …

Insects

There are more than 100 million insects for every human on the planet, so pretty much anywhere you go, there will be insects waiting to say ‘Hi’. Some will see you as their next meal ticket and this usually involves a blood meal. Since most insect don’t necessarily care where …

Farrimond hitch

The Farrimond hitch is a great quick release and tensioning hitch. Take care when dressing this knot. It works in a very similar way to the Prussic hitch but is tied on a bight of cord and it is quick release knot. This knot requires carful dressing to ensure it does …

Sheet Bend

The sheet bend knot is a simple knot which is used to tie two ropes of unequal thickness. This knot should be used instead of the figure eight or/and square/reef knot when the cords or ropes are of a differing diameter. As suggested by the name, the thicker rope could be …

Cord Carabiner

Metal carabiners are super useful, being metal, they are not exactly lightweight, this is where a cord carabiner is a great compromise. Depending on what is being attached, different sizes can be used. See instructions on how to make the below, or alternatively, shop for them here. We recommend carrying …

Clothes Line Hang

Always carry a handful of cord loops. One use for these loops is to hang and dry clothes. See here for knot terminology. Steps are as follows: Take two loops (joined with square/reef knot), roughly 3 inches in diameter. Longer is ok. Tie them to the line with a simple …

Leave No Trace

Practice sustainable, minimal impact activity – Leave no trace! The Seven Principles Plan Ahead and Prepare Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Dispose of Waste Properly Leave What You Find Minimize Campfire Impacts Respect Wildlife Be Considerate of Other Visitors   © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for …