All Things Paracord
What is paracord and what is it good for you ask?
Paracord History and Uses:
Paracord is a lightweight, nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of U.S. parachutes during World War II. In the field, paratroopers found it useful for many other tasks as well. Today, it is used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. The versatile cord was even used by astronauts during the second space shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all-nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic; depending on the application this can be either an asset or a liability.
While the U.S. military has no overall diameter requirements in its specifications, in the field 550 cord typically measures 5⁄32 inch (4 mm) in diameter.
Here are some very helpful uses of paracord:
Building Shelter: If you open up your paracord and pull back the sheath, 7 removable inner strands are revealed. Not only can you use paracord to help tie together a pancho, tarp, but the 7 inner strands can also be helpful for tying together branches or other debris for shelter.
Fishing & Trapping: Inner strands of paracord can be used for fishing line or weaved into a net. It can also be used to create a snare or a trap for small game.
Handle Wrap: If you feel like you need a better grip on some of your survival tools, such as your knife or tomahawk, paracord is a great way to do it.
First Aid: Build a sling for a broken arm, use as an emergency tourniquet or even taking care of your regular hygiene by using the inner strands as dental floss.
Weaponry: You can use your imagination when it comes to this, a trip wire, tying paracord to stones or creating nun-chucks. There are many forms of defending yourself.
Climbing: Paracord is tested to support 550 lbs. Therefore it can be used many different ways to create a climbing tool. You can create a simple rope ladder or a climbing harness.
Fire Starting: Need to create some friction to create fire? Use paracord to make a fire bow.
Food Hanging: Keeping the food you have away from animals is a necessity! Use paracord to create a bear bag to hang food in places where animals will not be able to reach.
Pack Compression & Carry: Use paracord to create a harness or a net to carry your gear or use it to tie around your pack to compress your carry amount.
Crafts: Paracord bracelets provide another option for carrying extra paracord with you. Paracord can also be turned into boot laces, dog leashes and much more.