Rope for a survival Situation

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by EHCRain10, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. EHCRain10

    EHCRain10 New Member

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    What most people recommend to put into a survival kit is 550 Paracord and ive got alot of that but its bulky and while it can be sperated into 8 different stands without much trouble its still bulky and somewhat heavy

    what about tossing a spool or two of braided fishing line with a 50-80lb test limit?
    its lighter and packs down to a much smaller size

    any thoughts?
     
  2. SimonTuffGuy

    SimonTuffGuy New Member

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    Survival of what? Maybe I'm just not thinking hard enough...?
     

  3. EHCRain10

    EHCRain10 New Member

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    just a general kit for survival like being lost in the woods and needing to build a shelter
    just seems to me that you could carry a much longer length of braided fishing line compared to the same weight of paracord
     
  4. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member

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    550 is the way to go for lashing with regard to weight and strength. Hig test line has its place as well, so IMO both are needed. Lots of assumptions in this answer, but 550 is a must in any kit.
     
  5. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    550 is heavy?
     
  6. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.

    EHCRain10, how much of it do you have in your bag that it's bulky and/or heavy??
     
  7. EHCRain10

    EHCRain10 New Member

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    was planing on around 150-200ft of 550 cord but was looking at fishing line and the thought just crossed my mind for the people who like to travel really lightly
    just seems that you could carry alot more in the same space for the same weight
     
  8. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    If the gut is left in 550, it has something like a 700 pound breaking strength. It's also much more wear resistant than fishing line. In a pinch a length of 550 could be used for ascents and rappels. I wouldn't try that with fishing line.
     
  9. hillbilly68

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    Uh, its like 550lb rated breaking strength. Oh my gosh, they should have called it 550 cord. :)

    I'm just having fun with you, it is 550lb rated though. However I am confident it will go a bit more.
    regards
     
  10. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    It's 550# test, but when in good condition, it has a breaking strength of over 700#. I spent a lot of time on 'chute detail when I was in the army. Riggers will explain damn near anything to you in great detail.