Every man who ends up in the wild, either by choice, through the love for adventure,or by mere ill-luck or chance, must know that there are four (4) keys to survival that will help determine life and death. These four keys are as follows: shelter, water, fire, and food. Here are the primary ways of acquiring food for survival; more specifically, through the use of ropes and knots.
When a survivor or adventurer heads out, he or she packs the essentials needed to keep oneself alive. These can include flashlights, a utility knife, a flare, a flint, rope, and others. One or two of these variables can change depending on the terrain one will head towards. Now, it’s great for someone to be readily packed, but it’s wise to know how to use the survival material to their optimum capacity. What good is the rope you brought if you don’t even know how to tie it.
Importance of knots
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Knots have been used since centuries back, allotting a massive thousand of varying knots that we have today. Sure a lot of them are just combinations of one or the other, but what we know for sure is that they all serve slightly varying purposes. When you are out there in the wild, you do not need to remember all one thousand of the knots in the world, but simply the most essential five, which will be listed below.
The most common knot, and possibly the only one you should know if you ever decide to learn about knotting, is the Square/Reef Knot. This is used to combine two ropes together to make a longer one, or to simply tie up a single rope.
There is a more efficient knotting method, one that is more stable for tying two ropes together. It is called the Sheet Bend; a technique that allows you to make a long rope out of shorter ones of varying diameters. Knowing the first two knots is basic knowledge for continuing on to other knots.
Assuming you have already caught food, you would either need to move it, or save it by hanging it on a tree. The Bowline Knot is used to create a secure loop at the end of a rope. It is used not only for securing game and safe-keeping, but also for tying the rope on a pole or some other vertical structure.
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The Noose Knot is a simple knotting method that creates a noose that tightens when pulled. It is nearly impossible to remove without opposed thumbs and sentience. This is an ideal knot for small game like rabbits and squirrels; maybe with an occasional fox or two. It may be an effective knot for tightening around a moving object, but when facing massive strain from a great source of strength like stags and moose, the rope is sure to break.
San Diego Jam Knot
The previous knots are good in surviving in a mountainous forest where the food available are mostly terrestrial animals. However, what happens if you are near a body of water where fish is available? The San Diego Jam allows one to create a strong and firm knot to a fishing hook; effectively lowering the chance of the rope breaking off from too much strain and tension. This may not be considered essential by most, but it surely takes its place to ensure diverse knowledge is given. After all, anything could happen in the wild.
These are the five (5) essential knots you need to get yourself alive in the wild and back home safely. Getting to the point of mastering these knots and being able to tie them without visibility will take a lot of perseverance and patience. Sure, it’s fine not to learn these if you have no plans on actively going out on adventures, but the world is unpredictable and you are never sure when these will come in handy.