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Random Bits from the Outside World => General Outdoor Stuff & Camping Equipment => Topic started by: Cookie on September 13, 2010, 02:20:07 PM

Title: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: Cookie on September 13, 2010, 02:20:07 PM
Last December when we were backpacking up on the South Rim, a really nice guy made my daughter a bracelet out of "a shoelace" (trip report http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/12-nights-in-the-bend/ (ftp://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/12-nights-in-the-bend/)). I thought it was just neat and something to do with an old shoelace. My daughter wears it constantly, and we recently figured out it is a 550 para-chord survival bracelet! It is on the list of "15 Essentials" for survival.  Some of you may be familiar with these bracelets, if not, here is what it is all about.

Military grade 550 paracord is a Kernmantle rope known as Mil-C-5040 Type 3. It is made of nylon so that is dries quickly and is mildew resistant. It is 1/8 inch in diameter and is rated for 550 lbs.

It can be used for:

Ridgelines for Tarps
Securing Equipment
Shoelaces
Hanging Food from Bears
Vehicle Tie Downs
Sewing Fabric
Repairing Equipment
Making a Fire Bow
Fishing Line
Paracord String for a Bow
Making a Shelter
Fish Gill Nets
Fishing Line
Animal Snares
Clothes Lines
Paracord Lanyards
Anchor Line
Binding
Twine
Animal Restraints
Tooth Floss
Splints
Tourniquet
Paracord Braiding
Other Paracord Crafts

I found the above info on survivaltopics.com (http://survivaltopics.com)

Finding it locally has been a challenge (not at REI or Academy), but it is widely available on the internet. A friend gave us some and I was able to make 3 bracelets by watching various videos on youtube.

One neat suggestion for bringing a lot is to make a dog collar out of it!
If you happen to be bringing your dog :icon_lol:

The bracelets I made are two pieces (one is knotted over the other). The inner piece is about 15 inches long, the other is about 7-8 ft. long. It is amazingly lightweight, I barely notice I have it on. You can also just weave a long lanyard to hook on your pack if you want a longer length.


(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/550 007.jpg)


(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/550 008.jpg)

The more we have learned about it, the more I appreciate the bracelet!
Also gives you something to do if you are stuck in your tent!!

~Cookie


Title: Re: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: Burn Ban on September 13, 2010, 09:40:48 PM
i like it.  thanks for giving me a new project to jump on.  i think i'll make a necklace.
Title: Re: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: Quatro on September 13, 2010, 10:01:22 PM

It can be used for:

Animal Restraints
Tooth Floss
Splints
Tourniquet
Paracord Braiding
Other Paracord Crafts

The more we have learned about it, the more I appreciate the bracelet!
Also gives you something to do if you are stuck in your tent!!

~Cookie

Big Bend was the one area in which I felt absolutely no guilt about not flossing - until now. Paradise Lost?
Title: Re: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: BigBendAg88 on September 14, 2010, 03:10:50 AM
I was reading about that last weekend in the October issue of Backpacker magazine (page 90).  I  had been thinking about making some with my son and his scout troop this month.  One thing interesting about the one in Backpacker is that it was made with 2 colors of paracord (for those interested in fashion options).

I also found this link:
http://www.backpacker.com/skills-survival-bracelet/slideshows/117 (http://www.backpacker.com/skills-survival-bracelet/slideshows/117)
Title: Re: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: homerboy2u on September 14, 2010, 09:32:46 AM
A friend gave us some and I was able to make 3 bracelets by watching various videos on youtube.

~Cookie

  Why don't you post the videos here?
Title: Re: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: Cookie on September 14, 2010, 09:47:44 AM
I was reading about that last weekend in the October issue of Backpacker magazine (page 90).  I  had been thinking about making some with my son and his scout troop this month.
I also found this link:
http://www.backpacker.com/skills-survival-bracelet/slideshows/117 (http://www.backpacker.com/skills-survival-bracelet/slideshows/117)

That would be a great project for the scouts! They are really easy once you get the pattern down. Another intersting pattern to make if you have two colors is called a "river bar".http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYcZYP3Z3ck (ftp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYcZYP3Z3ck)

One thing interesting about the one in Backpacker is that it was made with 2 colors of paracord (for those interested in fashion options).
I am all about the fashion options-I just need to get my hands on some purple parachord :eusa_dance:


Big Bend was the one area in which I felt absolutely no guilt about not flossing - until now. Paradise Lost?

 :eusa_doh: sorry! If it makes you feel any better, I would only floss if I was in "survival mode" so I would be presentable when the SAR team shows up!

~Cookie
Title: Re: 550 para-cord survival bracelet
Post by: Cookie on September 14, 2010, 12:22:39 PM
A friend gave us some and I was able to make 3 bracelets by watching various videos on youtube.

~Cookie

  Why don't you post the videos here?

Homero, I don't know how to get the actual video to post but here are the links I used:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9U_cYyhRiA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9U_cYyhRiA)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYcZYP3Z3ck&p=05F1ECF61FDECA74&playnext=1&index=9 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYcZYP3Z3ck&p=05F1ECF61FDECA74&playnext=1&index=9)


Maybe Richard can help me out :eusa_pray:

If you search "How to make 550 Paracord bracelets" on youtube.com (ftp://youtube.com) you get over 300 videos. Once you get the basic idea, they are really easy to make!

~Cookie



Title: Re: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: MilesOfTexas on September 14, 2010, 02:15:47 PM
Wow, I learned how to make those when I was in the cub scouts back in the 70's, but I didn't know what they were for other than they looked cool.  I still remember how to make them and remember having fun using multiple pairs when making them.
Title: Re: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: Undertaker on September 14, 2010, 08:41:37 PM
Tooth Floss??? Someone has wide spaces between their teeth. Cool item if I remember it has about 10' of cord in them.
Title: Re: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: eddie on September 15, 2010, 12:52:26 PM
After doing all that work, it would have to be a real emergency before I would consider taking it apart to use the cord.  :icon_smile:
Title: Re: 550 para-chord survival bracelet
Post by: homerboy2u on September 15, 2010, 01:41:19 PM
And hence the words: EMERGENCY & SURVIVAL  is well applied.

  Galletita, i for one appreciate this weblink and videos:

I found the above info on survivaltopics.com (http://survivaltopics.com)
~Cookie

 There is alot to learn from this webpage.