Last week a friend of mine saw the paracord lanyard that I keep on my keychain and asked what it was for.
I explained a little history of paracord and told him and many of the different ways that it could be used.
He laughed at me and said that if I could list off 100 uses he would take me out to my favorite steak joint and buy me dinner.
What he failed to say was that I couldn’t have help getting the list together.
I’ve come up with a list of 80 things so far and I need your help to find the other 20 (or more!)
Here is what I have so far:
1: Tie tarp to trees
2: Lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc)
3: Emergency para cord wrist band,
4: emergency snare (from one of the strands inside)
5: Fishing line (from inner strands)
6: Boot laces
7: Floss with the inner strands
8: Dog lead
9: Emergency suture ( from inner strands)
10:Wrap knife handle
11: Bow drill
12: Clothes line
13: Improvise a seat by lashing a long log horizontally to 2 trees
14: Emergency repair for sail while sailing/canoeing
15: Belt for your trousers
16: Hang kettle/cooking pot over a fire
17: Emergency sewing thread (from inner strands)
18: Make a fishing net from inner strands
19: Make into a net hammock
20: Improvise a sling
21: Hobble your horse
22: Perimeter trip wires (attach to tin cans or anything to make noise)
23: Watch strap
24: Rig up a quick bow stringer when you’ve forgotten yours…
25: Carry gear on your back when you don’t have a rucksack
26: A platypus hose cleaner(by tying granny knots in it and pulling it through.
27: Tie house keys to forgetful children.
28: Emergency tow rope – admittedly you need several strands but it is surprising what a few together will hold!
29: A pulley line for dragging big bits of wood up the side of a hill
30: A standby strop…. for polishing a razor
31: A skipping rope for kids (needs a heavy knot in middle)
32: Hang mesh frames for propagating plants in greenhouse.
33: Rudimentary swing for the kids as and when they become bored.
34: Abseil down a cliff edge
35: Headband/ hair tie
36: Bundling around firewood for easy carry
37: Tie on to a sled so you can drag it during the heavy snow.
38: Hang a light over the designated latrine for night times
39: Replace a snapped pull string on older lights.
40: improvise a fuse
41: hanging mirror or other large objects.
42: Use as strap wrench or Spanish windlass
43: Improvised bore snake for cleaning a firearm
44: Make a tire swing
45: Hanging your hammock
46: Hang an emergency whistle round your neck
47: Pull cord for chain saw
48: Pull cord for boat engine
49: Pull cord for lawn mower/ weed eater
50: Emergency Tourniquet
51: Tying down & Securing the straps & belts of rucksacks when travelling
52: Replacing a drawstring cord in a rucksack or on gaiters
53: Tent guy lines.
54: Tying your rucksack to something solid with sophisticated bushcraft knots outside a shop.
55: To tie down a rucksack lid should one or both buckles break.
56: To make an improvised stretcher by lashing poles together and making a net.
57: To lash poles together to make a shelter
58: To lash a blade to a long pole in order to use as a spear(for emergency hunting).
59: To wrap a mini maglite handle for grip
60: For lowering equipment/packs down cliff edges.
61 :Creating a snare
62: Entertainment during stressful times ( tying and untying knots can take your mind off of your current situation)
63: Replacing a broken handle on a knife or machete
64: Create a bow string for a bow and arrow
65: Hanging a kill or your rucksack out of reach of animals at night
66: Mooring your boat to a dock
67: Replace a broken water ski rope
68:teaching yourself to tie lifesaving knots
69:use it to collect water ( tie a knot and place inside a plastic bottle, hang from a rock or damp surface area and the water will collect on the cord and drip into the bottle)
70: Help climb a tree, place around the tree to add more grip
71: Use it to make improvised snow shoes
72: make a sling for killing small animals
73: create a bullwhip for defense or entertainment
74: create trot lines for fishing
75: create a gill net for fishing
76: lash together multiple pieces for a stronger cord
That’s all I can come up with, so far…
Can you help me enjoy a steak dinner?
Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
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