[easyazon-link asin=”B0036Q50FK”]Parachute cord[/easyazon-link] was originally invented, as you might have guessed, to be used in the making of parachutes. When designing something that attaches to parachutes, it obviously must be both very light (100lbs of steel cable wouldn’t have worked that well), and also quite strong, since it will be supporting the entire weight of a human flying through the air at over 100mph.
This material is actually quite ingenious in design, and has been adapted for a large amount of other applications since it’s invention. It’s been used in clothing, and adapted for use in many other situations which required the ability to suspend a large load.
These core properties are what make parachute cord a must-have to bring along in your backpack on any extended hiking, hunting, fishing or back-country trip. [easyazon-link asin=”B0036Q50FK”]Parachute cord[/easyazon-link] is something you hopefully won’t need to use in an emergency, however there are a lot of things you can use it for without needing to jump out of an airplane.
Hunters for years have brought [easyazon-link asin=”B0036Q50FK”]Parachute cord[/easyazon-link] along in their packs, it’s a necessity for tying up game, hanging up your gear, and in an emergency it can be used to suspend a load over a distance, people have even used it to lower themselves off of the side of cliffs if they become injured. Most parachute cord has a stated lifting strength, many of which use a standard of 550lbs, which is why parachute cord is also sometimes called ‘550 cord’.
I recommend bringing along a minimum of 100ft of parachute cord with you when you’re going on an extended trip. I know, how are you supposed to make room for that much? Easy, that’s why we created this site. If you make a simple lanyard out of parachute cord and use it to attach your bear spray, hold the end of your hiking knife, or even make it into a bracelet it’s easy to braid it and have it take up a very small amount of space.
I typically through these ‘crafts’ will carry along several hundred feet of cord along with me. It’s at the point now I don’t really need to think about remembering to bring it. They even make a lot of [easyazon-link asin=”B0036Q50FK”]Parachute cord[/easyazon-link] in Camo colors too so it fits in with my hunting gear. I hope the articles on this site are useful to you – and please feel free to leave comments on what you like or what you might like to see me post!