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Sometimes, the only way to safety is by either climbing or rappelling a rope. But doing so using the gym method (i.e. relying solely on your hands’ strength), or using the military technique (i.e. relying on your legs and hands’ strength), takes a-lot of energy, will probably leave you exhausted, and may lead to injuries or worst.
In this post we’ll learn a survival rope method for climbing and rappelling that will enable you to create a makeshift ladder from a rope, and thus eliminate the need to be super fit in order to use it.
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How to Climb a Rope in an Emergency
Do we need any special equipment for this technique?
We do, but fortunately, there’s not much to it. As a part of your EDC you should already have your paracord bracelet with about 7ft (2m) of paracord. This technique requires more paracord, so you’ll need to add about 100 ft (30m) of paracord to your EDC backpack, which can be weaved into a belt, or rolled into a compact pack.
Another thing you’ll need, which should already be a part of your core gear, is some type of boots that have a distinct groove in the center of the sole.
Do we need any special preparations before performing this technique?
We found that taking a few minutes to prepare the survival ladder beforehand, goes a long way. It will save you the effort of trying to adjust the loops on the go and thus make the entire endeavor a lot safer (not having to let go of the rope). So let’s get to it, here’s how to prepare the ladder:
Now that our ladder is ready, here’s how to climb up or rappel down:
To Sum Up:
Using the survival rope method will allow you to climb up or rappel down a rope without having the fitness level of a SEAL operator. All it takes is to carry some more paracord in your EDC, and have a strong pair of boots with a groove in their sole. It’s very important to practice this technique, in order to get a feel of using a rope, and how to balance yourself on it – you DO NOT want an emergency to be the first time you use this technique, or any other technique for that matter!
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Being taken hostage and tied up is one of the most frightening situations – in the next post we’ll learn how to break free when your hands and legs are bound by zip-ties and give some more information about how to handle being taken hostage.
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So until then – Stay Safe!!
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