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#164658 - 01/23/09 03:51 PM Re: Paracord...how much is too much? [Re: ]
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2026
Loc: NE Illinois
Originally Posted By: IzzyJG99
The problem was just making the burnt off ends small enough and slightly pointy for threading.

Not sure if you've heard about using a straw to help thread paracord. Take a short length of plastic drinking straw with one end cut at an angle (to make it pointy), and then slit all the way down the length of the straw on the side opposite the point.

Lay the end of the paracord inside the straw, overlap the long edges to make the straw thinner, and use it like the aglet on the end of a shoe lace (the plastic end that helps threading). It works well.

It might even be worth stuffing a length of straw into a kit. It can be used to thread paracord OR to suck up small amounts of water from crevases.

Ken K.

#164718 - 01/23/09 08:27 PM Re: Paracord...how much is too much? [Re: KenK]
Mark_G Offline

Registered: 03/16/06
Posts: 80
Loc: Stafford, VA
I carry 25' if just Hunting, I also carry another 20' ultilty rope to pull my gun/bow into a tree stand.

If I am hiking or camping I will carry 75-100' of cord.

#164739 - 01/23/09 10:18 PM Re: Paracord...how much is too much? [Re: Mark_G]
7point82 Offline

Registered: 11/24/05
Posts: 478
Loc: Oklahoma
I keep 100' of BlueWater 4mm accessory cord in the car. When I'm hiking or backpacking I usually carry, at least, a couple of pieces of AirCore. It's good for lowering packs and other misc tasks.

I should probably pick up some 550 just so I don't get kicked out of the club.
"There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother." -Theodore Roosevelt

#164770 - 01/24/09 12:13 AM Re: Paracord...how much is too much? [Re: Mike_H]
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
If there is no other choice, I'll toss anything to you. Even chain.

Maybe with the anchor on it. Be easier to bring you in that way, you don't have to grab. *evil grin*

When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

#164912 - 01/25/09 03:35 AM Re: Paracord...how much is too much? [Re: ironraven]
Steve Offline

Registered: 05/29/04
Posts: 84
Loc: North Carolina
I EDC about 40 ft. of paracord in my belt-pack and have been very glad to have it when needed.

I suppose I'm in the minority, but I have mixed feelings about paracord. It is a bit limp and squishes somewhat flat when wrapped around an object. It forms rock-hard knots that are hard to untie. I prefer a high-end braided cord of similar diameter, from the folks who make climbing gear (e.g. Mammut accessory cord). It just handles better.

I know I'm giving up the versatility of individually using the inner strands, but for that I'd rather carry a separate small spool of small-diameter line.

"After I had solaced my mind with the comfortable part of my condition, I
began to look round me, to see what kind of place I was in, and what was
next to be done"

#165194 - 01/27/09 02:38 AM Re: Paracord...how much is too much? [Re: 2005RedTJ]
widget Offline

Registered: 07/06/03
Posts: 550
Always carry 50 feet of 550 cord in the daypack or the overnight backpack. Use it for rigging a poncho as a lean-to shelter and numerous other uses. Like someone said, $7 for 100 feet, cut that in half and 50 feet goes in each pack. Weight is 4 ounces on my postal scale, I think I can handle the weight.
No, I am not Bear Grylls, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night and Bear was there too!

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