U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- A few years ago paracord bracelets became popular. Everyone had to have one. They were a handy invention and allowed you to stylishly always have some parachute cord handy for an emergency. Paracord bracelets are braided using parachute cord. They all have some kind of clasp to hold them on your wrist.
Since their invention, they have become wildly popular with outdoorsmen of all types. Survivalist, hunters, fishermen, backpackers, climbers and probably even the lowly birdwatcher. I’m not paranoid, but, I think you always have to be ready. If some little terrorist tries to take over plane I’m on I carry wire ties so he/she can be contained. The Outdoor Edge PARACLAW bracelet would be another good option.
Then also it could be helpful to have one while in the backcountry. I remember one September Colorado black powder hunt over in the Rawah Wilderness Area the weather turned South. A snowstorm blew in and snapped our tent poles. It would have been nice to have had some parachute cord to brace our tent.
Or if you shoot an elk you can quarter it out and tie it up in a tree to keep the bears and wolves from eating it. Tying it up also helps keep it clean and cool. I tie limbs in front of the meat to provide shade and to keep ravens from seeing it.
There are a million options for use of paracord while out in the backcountry. Let’s list out a few reasons to wear an Outdoor Edge Paraclaw bracelet:
- We all know how often some small rope can come in handy, we just don’t always carry it due to weight, bulkiness or just being forgetful. Wearing a bracelet is simple and yet can be a lifesaving move.
- Can be used in an emergency situation to make a splint or tourniquet. If you break an arm you can tie two sticks to the broken limb and wrap with a shirt and then stabilize with parachute cord.
- One time we were packing in on horses to flyfish in a high mountain lake. A buddy had forgotten to bring a case for his flyrod. To keep from snapping it in half he cut two sticks and tied them to his rod.
- It seems like something always break a latigo on your saddle or panniers. You can do some emergency repairs if you have some paracord handy.
- This would be a whole article in and of itself but you can make furniture in the backcountry by cutting limbs and tying them together. Cut some 1-inch limbs. Strap onto two trees and then put cross pieces on them to make a table.
- Tie limbs to a tree to make the framework for a lean-to. Throw a small tarp on it and build a fire in front and you can survive some rough weather.
- If your belt breaks. It may not sound like a big deal but it sure is in the backcountry. We all wear a pistol for wolf or bear protection don’t we. You could improvise a belt right fast if you have some cord (Ha, just schedule ahead of time if you need to use the restroom!!!).
We could set in our armchairs and dream up a million uses but you get my drift. I’ve found when you’re in some dire straits in the backcountry you can get pretty creative. But you need some tools at hand to work with.
The Outdoor Edge Paraclaw is unique in that it also has a cutting tool included. It is shaped in a claw design, hence the name Para”CLAW”. I assume this was done in case you had lost your knife, you could still cut the cord to the desired lengths.
I noticed paracord bracelets became popular a few years ago and thought they were an ingenious invention but thought I’d research their history a little for this article. 550 parachute cord is derived from cord that it is rated at 550 lbs. Parachute cord has been around for a long time. I remember as a kid it was a big score if you found a good deal on some in the old Army/Navy store. They sold it in big rolls. But the last 25 yrs. most people carried a roll of the thin nylon string. Paracord is better for tougher tasks.
Everyone has a paracord bracelet now don’t they?
Who knows, Hillary Clinton probably even wears one so she can rappel out of her soon to be prison cell!
About Tom Claycomb
Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoors writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, Bowhunter.net and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal you will need a sharp knife. I have an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening for $.99 if you're having trouble.”