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How to Make Rope in the Wilderness | Survival Skills

How to Make Rope in the Wilderness | Survival Skills


A lot of the time people ask me about making
their own cordage when they’re out in the wilderness. I can tell you about some traditional cordages
which is probably not the first thing I would recommend, but work really well if you didn’t
have anything else to go with. Sinew, which is tendon, you can see a bit
of sinew right here in this leg bone, is a great piece of cordage. There’s also sinew that runs along the backbone
or spine of animals. So if you find even a small animal, you can
get sinew from that animal. What makes sinew really nice is that it also
glues itself together. So if you wrap something with sinew, if you
want to use it to secure a split in a wood to put a point or knife blade in, you don’t
have to tie it. You just wrap it on itself and as it dries,
it’ll glue itself and bind. So that’s a really nice type of cordage. Hide from an animal is also cordage. You can use hide from any animal, but one
thing that people don’t think about is they’re covered in cordage. So if I wanted to get cordage and I didn’t
want to find a dead animal or if I didn’t want to find a root or grasses or Dogbane
and twist it into cordage, I could just look at what I’m wearing. Oftentimes people have a hoodie on. There’s a string that goes through the hood
of your hoodie and if you pull that out, you have cordage. If you don’t have a hoodie on but you’re wearing
pants, I would tell folks to start with the hem of their pants and take your knife blade,
stick it in, and cut around once, twice, three times. So my pants the length of them is about eight
inches so you get about 14 inches per time around. You cut around four times you’ve got five
feet of cordage. Four times around is this much so if I cut
this much off of my pants, I would have five feet of cordage. If I cut this much off the other side, I’d
have ten feet of cordage. Now just by trimming this much off of my pants,
I’m getting a good five feet of cordage. If you look, there’s not that much difference
between one side and the other. I still have as much coverage but I have ten
feet of cordage if I trimmed off of both sides. Other people will tell you you should use
your shoelaces as cordage. These will work as cordage except they’re
really nice to have to hold your shoes on. So even though a lot of people don’t use shoestrings
in their shoes, if you’re in the backcountry and you’re moving through rough terrain, it’s
nice to have shoelaces. If you do have to use your shoelaces, you
can cut them in half rather than using the whole thing and keep the top half tied and
the bottom half loose. And if you have to make a bow drill, you can
use cordage from your pants, you can use shoelaces, you can use the string from your hoodie. And so cordage is one of the things that you
need to get fire if you’re going to make a bow or if you’re going to lash anything together.

20 thoughts on “How to Make Rope in the Wilderness | Survival Skills”

  1. Ok, yeah.. so if I don't want to ruin my hoodie or turn my pants into shorts.. how can I MAKE cordage with the stuff around me?

  2. Okay so I already knew that, but what I don't know and still don't know is how to make rope in the woods. Thanks for nothing.

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