May 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm #1228963
I'm looking to make a compass lanyard that is easily detachable via buckle so that it can be quickly placed on a map and then replaced.
I'm thinking of using a loop of cord around then neck and then a small loop of cord on the compass.
Right now the buckle unit i'm looking at will have to be a 1/2" side release with small loops of grosgrain permanently on each end to connect w/ the cord. Just doesn't seem too elegant or lightweight.
Maybe a buckle like this would be better?
Anyone know where to get something like that? Might not be too easy to use w/ gloves on but it'd be alot simpler. The way its looking I might just have to resort to taking the whole compass off every time I want to use it, geeez! :-) Better idea?May 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm #1433293
Jim ColtenBPL Member
This Article is about a break away lanyard made from a cat collar.
The idea could be adapted to your need.May 14, 2008 at 7:29 pm #1433328
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> I'm looking to make a compass lanyard that is easily detachable via buckle so that it can be quickly placed on a map and then replaced.
> I'm thinking of using a loop of cord around then neck and then a small loop of cord on the compass.
You are half way there. Now, get radical and creative.
I have a loop of cord threaded through the hole on my compass. That goes around my neck – and is actually tied to a fabric loop on my shirt to stop me losing the compass. Yes, I have lost a couple – often when taking my shirt off to remove a thermal top from underneath. Most embarrassing.
But how to put the compass on the map? Simple. The loop is long enough that the compass hangs a bit below my sternum, inside my shirt. I pull the compass out and there is enough slack to let me put it on the map in my hand. I have been doing it this way for … 20 years?
CheersMay 15, 2008 at 9:20 am #1433407
Try Googling 'mobile phone lanyard' – many of these have a small side-release buckle to allow you to quickly attach/ detach the phone/ compass etc.May 15, 2008 at 6:45 pm #1433489
@erothman2Locale: Pacific NW
What if you had a loop of cord on the compass, enough diameter so the compass could pass through it, and you attach it to the cord around your neck with a lark's head? Hmm can I describe this in words..loop on compass bent around neck cord and compass passed through its own loop, so it ends up looking oh heck here's a picture: http://www.ehow.com/how_13480_make-larks-head.html. Then there would be no hard part to dig into your chest, weight minimal, nothing to break.
I'm not sure how having the cord stay around your neck will prevent you from losing the removable compass, but if that does the trick, that's great!May 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm #1433491
G Dup, use one of those thin camera lanyards (or cellphone lanyards) with a tiny side-release buckle and split-ring at the end. I use these for my compass, camera, cellphone, etc. One-dollar store anywhere.May 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm #1434894
Of course Roger's suggestion is by far the most elegant for an individual. The problem is when you've got the map laid out on the ground (or wherever) and you're trying to show everyone else in the group what the hell you're doing. I like the fabric loop (maybe velcro even) idea, if i'm thinking of it right then it'd keep it off your face and on your neck when you're upside down – which is always great for those strolls through the park.
I typically use the cow hitch (see larks head) but i'll have to keep an eye out for one of those lanyard things. Fortunately or not, dollar stores are few and far between 'round these parts.May 26, 2008 at 8:29 pm #1435061
What if you take a 42" cord, tie one end to the compass, put it around your neck, tie a tautline hitch in the other end. When the loop is open it hangs down 14". When you tighten the "noose" the cord is 28" long which is as long as your reach and you do not have to take it off. Or use one of those barrel clamp things.
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