What Is Parachute Cord (paracord)?
Real paracord is usually made of seven strong nylon cords with each cord made of several smaller braided strands, which all wrapped in a mobile outer braided nylon casing wrapper. This structure and composition of the cord makes it durable, flexible, soft and extremely versatile. The combined breaking strength of real paracord is 550LB. So, some people also call it “550 cord”.
Uses of Parachute Cord
Making Repairs Using Parachute Cord:
The paracord can be used to repair ripped or broken clothes and equipment. You can easily mend your torn clothes with the internal strands which slide easily out of the casing and a makeshift needle outdoors. As for the equipment, you can also sew the pieces together securely when broken. The process is simple as well as effective.
Creating A Stay Cord With Parachute Cord:
Whether you are going camping or a hike, you can use the paracord to tie things to your hiking backpack for carrying more hands free carrying. Besides, you are able to use it to hang a bear bag to keep your food away from critters, and string up a trip wire to protect an area, or a clothes line for wet clothes, especially when you are camping. In addition, as stay cord, paracord can tie down items to the top of a vehicle and protect them from the gale. And even it enables you to lower yourself or an object very carefully down from a height.
Surviving Outdoors Using Parachute Cord:
If you’re hiking in a place where there is a danger of avalanche, you may tie yourself to your partner with the paracord, so that you can find each other in case that one of you should get caught under snow. In case someone get injuries, you can make a stretcher by running paracord between two long sticks, or fashion a branch drag to move the injured person. If you wandered into a dessert or forest, you can use paracord to lash sticks and logs or other materials together to build a floating raft. When lost, you can use it for signaling by tying a mirror or colorful cloth to the top of a tall tree. In the event of there is no fire started, you can make a bow drill for fire starting with the paracord. With it, you can even make a sling to toss stones for protection and hunting small prey. What’s more, parachute cord is always woven into the Survival bracelets. Almost every outdoor adventurer can and should wear a paracord survival bracelet in case of an emergency in the wilderness. .