How many times have we been in a situation where we needed to secure, lash, extend loads and lines?
Knots are one of the most important tools in life and survival. Many people think of knots in terms of tying, which is true, however as we dive into the world of cordage and knots we’ll discover that there is so much more to knots than just memorizing how to tie a few. They are particular upon event, material and situation. Tie the correct knot in the right material can literally be a life saver, mess it up and you’re leaving your life in the hands of the unprepared. Which side would you like to be on?
Mountain climbers use knots that surgeons do not and butchers still another that won’t apply to mountain climbers or surgeons. The list goes on and on, but each knot and specific material is essential to the success of each professional. We have to look at our situation and prepare the best we can as a professional would do in our own circumstances. Knot making is a mechanical skill. One that takes skill and practice, but after learning and practicing can be like riding a bike and never forgotten. I have a great respect for knot making because of personal experiences being prepared and the great payoff for my preparedness. Also, on the flip side of being unprepared and the danger, fear and stress that arose from the situation. I hope I have demonstrated at this point that fear and stress are not only to be avoided, but we should do everything we can to extinguish them from our minds.
I could go right into the art of knot making and that would be a start. It is what most people would do, but it would leave us all half prepared for something we need to be fully prepared for. As I mentioned earlier at some point your life or the life of a loved one could be hanging by the knot you fashioned. Would you like to leave them to the security we think is ok, or be sure about it?
We are looking at the fact that cordage is important in a survival situation. However, you must know how to make a knot that holds tight for cordage to do you much good. The cordage may be needed for climbing and knowing the right knot for climbing can should be a major consideration for safety.
If you do not expect to be mountain climbing you may need rope to haul gear up or to lower gear down. You may need to use a rope for a safer decent for yourself . Cordage and knot crafting are not one dimensional. You may need rope to help navigate through a wilderness area, so you need to know how to fashion a knot that will secure your gear.
You should know how to splice pieces of rope together to create longer pieces. You will need to lash shelter poles together, splice fishing line and know how to lash down tarps over your supplies to secure them in windy conditions.
You will need to know how to secure your gear to a pack and to tie down tarps for shelter. You may also have to restrain others, and secure food overhead to keep your food from predators.
We can start with the basics of knot craft and cordage then graduate to more and more specific knots. A person can specialize in knots like other professions and just like other professionals when the correct learning and methods are applied superior results are reaped.