Survival Knots using paracord

Posted by Stacy on 2/7/2013
I happened to find this youtube video while looking for something else. Really great instruction using paracord on how to tie some of the knots that you will tie almost daily if you are spending time outdoors. This is one of the best videos of this type that I've seen.


Speaker 1: Weíre going to start out by looking at two of my favorite knots, which is going to be the Siberian hitch and also the truckerís hitch. One common use for that is constructing a ridge line for your tarp. Letís take a closer view of how of tie some of these.

Starting out with this Siberian Hitch, Iím just going to take it and wrap it around the tree. Iím going to take my left hand and basing pumps up. I had the tail end in my right hand. Iím going to take the tail end, wrap it under my palm, back over the top. Then Iím going to take my left hand, rotate it over the top and reach end and grab that tail. Just pull up to tighten this down. Then Iím going to slide it toward the tree.

That makes a good one that you could tie when itís cool outside, even if you have gloves on. Itís easy to do. Itís easy to untie, you just give this a little tug. Normally I would have more of the tail out here. If you just for security purposes, if you didnít want this to come untied, you would just take it through the little loop here. That way if itís given a tug itís still intact.

Okay, letís finish out this ridge line by taking this paracord. Iím going to take my finger and make a loop. Then Iím going to reach down and grab the tail and pull it up through. Iím making a slip knot. Iím going to take the other end of that paracord, wrap it around the tree, come up through the loop that I just made. This forms a block in tackles. This gives me a lot of leverage to pull if itís really tight.

Iím going to keep pulling until I get the desired tension that I want. Where I have the two loops, Iím just going to make a pinch. Iím going to take the paracord, form another loop. Iím going to go under the line and back over. I hope you can see that. Letís try that again, so up and back over on the loop that I just formed. Then Iím going to take that, which I just made a half hitch and give it a pull back toward the knot there. That makes a nice half hitch. Thatís easily untied even in cold weather with gloves on. You just simply give it a pull, it comes right apart. Then you can just give the slip knot a pull.

Try this ďclove hitchĒ. What Iím going to do is loop this over. Then Iím going to take and make another loop the opposite way. I have one going under and one tail end going over the top. Then Iím going to take those two and put them on top of one another. Say for instance in my tarp that I lost my islet in that and I wanted to make a quick repair on this, or some way that my gut line would hold. Iím going to take a little stone, put it underneath. You can see there where I formed up the little stone here. Iím going to take the clove hitch that I made up, put it over the top and give it a pull. Now to test my gut line, it will make do until I can replace and repair this tarp. It will really hold.

Okay, weíre going to make a Prussic knot. Iím going to start by taking this on my ridge line and going under, back over the top. Iím going to pull the two tail ends through. This is going to make me a girth hitch to start with. Iím just going to pull those down a little bit. Then Iím going to take the two tail ends, take them back over the top. Then Iím going to pull them back up through the loop again. Iím doing it, take my time and make sure that these are all nice and neat. Then Iím going to pull the loop a little bit more. Iím going to take the two tail ends again, take them over the top. Then Iím going to pull them up through the loop.

Sometimes you got to work with a little bit. You should have this loop, the two ends on the outside of it. Get this worse nice and tight. Like I said just dress it up a little bit. Then once you got it there and pull it tight, itís there. When youíre through, it should look like this to where you have all in a nice little coil there. When you give the two tail ends a tug, itís secure on your line. You can take this tail end right here and also tie that in a figure eight on the line. I got a nice little figure eight there. Weíll reach in. I didnít bring a carabiner with me, but I had this in my pack. If you had your carabiner, you would just clip it in there. That pulls evenly. If I tug that stays in place and itís still easy to slide.

Okay, now Iím going to take some of this paracord. Iím going to make a double fishermanís knot, maybe a triple. This is good in joining two pieces of rope together, or to make one single piece if you had two shorter pieces. You could use it like I showed you before, making a little Prussic knot, rescue knot, joining that together. Anyway, weíre going to start out by taking the two ends. Iím going to cross these over. Iím going to take it and start looping it around. This is just going to be a little loose to start with. Youíre just going to keep looping that.

Iíve got tow there, two loops. Iím going to take the tail end and put it through those two loops. Okay, Iíve got that whole together. Iím going to check the other side and do the same thing. Iím going to take it and go under that main line, start making a loop over. Then Iím going to make another loop over. Then Iím going to take the tail ends and feed it through those two loops. Give that a pull. Then youíre just going to pull these together and youíre going to have a nice strong knot there.
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