Ropework with a Purpose
Well friends, as preppers there are few skills more important than knowing how to tie proper knots. Whether you're tying down a tarp, lashing together poles to make a shelter frame, or securing a load to your vehicle, or tying yup that pesky zombie being able to tie the right knot for the job can mean the difference between success and failure in an emergency situation.
Luckily, there are plenty of great resources out there to help folks like us learn this invaluable skill, and we'd like to recommend starting with the basics - know your overhand knot, figure eight knot, square knot, and bowline like the back of your hand. Those four alone can handle a surprising number of tasks. From there, hit the library or browse online guides from reputable outdoors organizations like REI or the Scout Handbook. They have clear step-by-step instructions on essential knots for camping, climbing, rescue, and more.
Once you've got the fundamentals down, it's a good idea to practice regularly. Keep a length of paracord or rope in your pack or vehicle and tie and untie knots as you have a few spare minutes. Repetition is key to building muscle memory. You might also consider taking a course from a local outfit like your state park service, arborist association, or search and rescue team. Hands-on learning from experienced instructors can really accelerate your skills.
In the long run, being able to tie strong, reliable knots may very well save your life or the lives of others. You never know when being able to quickly rig a pulley system, secure a makeshift stretcher, or replace a broken tent guy line could mean the difference between a minor problem and a major emergency. So keep at it, my friend, and before long those knots will become second nature. You'll be glad you took the time to learn when the time comes to use them. Below we have provided additional sources for learning to tie knots.
Online tutorials and videos: Websites like Animated Knots by Grog (animatedknots.com) and YouTube have a wide range of tutorials and instructional videos on knot tying. These resources provide step-by-step demonstrations and explanations for various knots.
Books and guides: There are many books and guides available that provide detailed instructions and illustrations for knot tying. Some popular ones include "The Ashley Book of Knots" by Clifford W. Ashley and "The Knot Book" by Geoffrey Budworth. These resources can be found in bookstores or online.
Outdoor and survival courses: Consider taking outdoor or survival courses that include knot tying as part of their curriculum. These courses are often offered by outdoor education centers, wilderness schools, or scouting organizations. They provide hands-on training and guidance from experienced instructors.
Local community groups: Check if there are any local community groups or clubs that focus on outdoor activities, camping, or boating. These groups often organize workshops or events where you can learn knot tying from experienced members.
Remember, practice is key when it comes to knot tying. Start with simple knots and gradually progress to more complex ones. With time and practice, you will become proficient in tying knots for various purposes.
Thanks for reading! Get Prepped!