One of the biggest mistakes a person can make when they find themselves in a survival situation is relying too heavily on their survival gear. Survival gear is essential, yes, but in order to properly make use of it, you need to know how actually to use it. Not only that, you need to know how to use it so well that you can perform under great stress.
For instance, a common piece of survival gear in an emergency kit is a rope. However, if you don't know basic knot tying, your rope becomes useless. For this reason, consider taking a few minutes to learn the following three survival knots for optimal disaster preparedness.
The Bowline Knot
Of all the survival knots, the bowline knot reigns supreme. Nicknamed the King of All Knots, the bowline knot is used as a fixed knot at the end of a rope and can handle immense stress without slipping. Consequently, it's often used to raise and lower objects as well as people in a rescue situation. The most common phrase in making a bowline knot is, "the rabbit comes out of the hole, goes around the tree, and back through the hole."
To tie a bowline knot, you'll want to begin by making a loop in the standing line. The "tree" or the length of the standing line should come out from beneath the loop. Slide the free end of the rope through the hole from underneath.
The free end of the rope should then wrap around the "tree" or the standing end of the rope and then back into the hole. Tighten the knot.
The Timber Hitch
The timber hitch is another great knot to know in survival situations. It can be used to help pull logs or even attach bow strings to bows. What's more, it can be easily undone when you no longer need it.
To make a timber hitch knot, begin by wrapping your rope around an object (in this case, a piece of timber). Wrap the free end of the rope around the standing end.
Once you've done this, bring the free end of the rope back down and wrap the tail end of it around itself five to six times. Tighten the knot.
The Half Hitch
The half hitch knot is a great way to secure a rope around an object in a given situation. However, it should be noted that unlike the bowline knot the half hitch isn't as secure and therefore shouldn't be used in rescue situations.
To make a half hitch, begin by wrapping the rope around the object. Wrap the free end of the rope beneath the standing end to make a loop and pull the free end through the loop. Tighten the knot.
For an additional hitch, make the knot again by wrapping the free end of the rope beneath the standing end, so it makes a loop. Wrap the free end around and pull it back through the loop. Tighten the knot.
It's critical not to underestimate the importance of survival gear. However, it's just as important to know how to use the types of survival supplies you have. For more information on how to properly use your emergency supplies and survival gear, contact Survival Gear Systems today.