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 …

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 …

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 …