Paracord Management Tips & Tricks

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  1. Cascadian

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    "Oh what tangled webs we weave ..."

    Gentle readers, could you kindly share your ingenious tips and tricks for storing, deploying, and re-storing paracord and other types of cordage while in the bush.

    What problems have you encountered, and how have you solved those problems.

    Thank you!
     
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    For pieces longer than 2 feet, I fold them in half, and keep folding until I have a wad that's 18" =24", then I tie the whole wad in a knot.

    Generally when I buy paracord, I process it down like this. Cut in half, coil up one, cut the other in half, and coil one, etc until I get down to about 3 foot or so. So if I bought a 100 foot cord.. I end up with 50, 25, 12.5, 6.25 and tw0 3.125 lengths. If I find that I never use the 50 foot one, then I process it down in a similar way. I can usually tell by the size of the knot of cord exactly which length it is.

    You can also hank it up like this guy.



    I have also been known to wrap cordage around things like my water bottle, hiking stick, ax, etc.
     
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    ^^ This.
     
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    Paracord Donut.
     
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    My current technique is a work of art.

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    With long peaces you can daisy chain them. Or stuff hand over hand in a stuff sack. Eather way you will be knot free.
     
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    Done that too, but it does twist the inner strands inside the sheath, which can make some kinky (kinda) cord.
     
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    Spool tool available on eBay for about 10 bucks I think. I use paracord when I hunt to haul my bag and bow up into the tree after I climb. For years I used fishing line spools, tied the line into long hanks with a lose knot, etc. I tried a cheaper version of this that more or less looks like a plastic ladder but it broke. This thing has been great. I keep about 75 feet on it, unspool what I need and I can wrap it off on the holder with a loop and hang it on my belt or stand when I got up. And if I need a length of paracord I can just pull a piece off and I don't need anything but that tool (mini bic fits in It to burn ends). That nite ize hook is also one of my favorite and most used items. I have never had something so small and simple get used for so many things....ridgelines, cargo in my truck, tarp tie outs (plastic version), Just can't recommend them enough...
     

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    Yep, that's how I carry 550 cord and even bank line. It does a good job of keeping it from tangling.
     
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    Ya beat me to it. Especially the figure eight for guy lines. I put a knot in the end to pull so I could find it quickly in low light
     
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    Great! Thanks everyone for the fine input.
     
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    I'm sorry the weather didn't cooperate. The videos definitely show the awesome power of nature. Thanks for the trip.
     

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