- Dec 1, 2015 at 7:03 pm #3368164
Richard MayBPL Member
@richardmLocale: Nature Deficit Disorder
I just got 50ft of Lawson’s Ironwire and 50ft of their Glowire. Great stuff. I don’t have much rope so I figured two hanks would be good to have.
Anyhow, I’ve been playing with a ridgeline on a 10×7 tarp. How much rope should I keep for that or, just keep the 50ft hank intact for emergency use?
What else can 50ft of rope be used for? I’ve got a bear bag line too.Dec 1, 2015 at 8:16 pm #3368174
Ken T.BPL Member
I keep spare in a drawer for at least a decade then I no longer remember what I got it for.Dec 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm #3368188
@monkeyseeLocale: Up a tree
What else can 50ft of rope be used for? I’ve got a bear bag line too.
Tying oneself up to a tree when escaping a pack of hungry wolves and needing to camp like a bird?….Dec 1, 2015 at 9:59 pm #3368195
I used to carry an extra hank of rope for emergency use but then I realized I’ve got 50′ of bear line and an extra piece of Glowire on each apex of my tent. I could also pull the compression off my pack if I had to. I don’t see much need to carry extra emergency line any more…Dec 1, 2015 at 10:02 pm #3368197
I do carry a couple of zing-it dogbones when I’m doing the hammock thing. Those are handy with the tarp pullouts or putting the tarp up in porch mode tied off to distant trees.Dec 2, 2015 at 3:04 am #3368222
James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Well, a 50′ length of line is OK.
Repairs: I broke a hiking staff several years ago, a splint and wrapped with line. Patched up my canoe seat. Repaired my waste belt. Cloths line/net hanging under my tarp. Replacement shoe laces. And so on. Usually, the main body is cut into one 25′ section and three 8′ sections. Then loops are added at each end. You loose a little for the loops. If I need the full length, I just loop-to-loop them together. ‘Corse, I am usually out for 1-2 weeks at a time. I need some sort of repair gear. I usually start the spring with 50′ or so, by fall it is down to 16′-20′ or so. For a quick weekend, you can probably do without, though.
For a ridge line on a tarp, I find that 30’ works pretty well. If I need more, I simply add the appropriate piece. Mostly, I do not use a ridge line, technically speaking. However, a cloths line works well to hang my cloths at night. Worst case, It gets them off the ground. Sometimes they even dry.Dec 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm #3368314
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