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How to weave your rope into an emergency sleeping pad / hammock
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By DannyUncanny
From Vancouver
Nov 28, 2012

I was just messing around the other day, and tried knitting my rope into some kind of net. I found that a 70 m rope makes a pretty good size for a hammock. The picture has 10 stitches, but I think 6 to 8 stitches would be a good width. It's quite stretchy. This might actually be useful if you found yourself stuck somewhere with minimal space, or just have a lazy afternoon. Folded in half it also makes a decent sleeping pad. The whole process took about 15 minutes, and unravelling it is as easy as just pulling on one end.

Give it a try, and maybe keep it in the back of your head in case you ever get stuck out in the cold. At the very least, it would give you something to do.

The basic idea is you just use your arms as giant knitting needles. If you don't know how to knit, it's pretty easy: www.wikihow.com/Knit
If you want it tighter, you could use something like an ice axe (two straight shafted would be ideal) to make smaller stitches. But this is a little bit slower way of going about it.

woven rope
woven rope


Folded into a sleeping pad
Folded into a sleeping pad


Tighter weave
Tighter weave


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By ChristopherAust
From Ohio
Nov 28, 2012
omg

Thanks, grandma! Want to knit me a hat, next?


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By Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Nov 28, 2012
Me scaring years off my mom's life

I think this is pretty cool. Unfortunately, I know I'll butcher it when I try.


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By TWK
Nov 28, 2012

It looks like it has potential for medevac applications as well.


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By rpc
Nov 28, 2012

works like a charm...unplanned bivys, punctured thermarests :)


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By Woodchuck ATC
Nov 30, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Looks nice, I have no patience for technique or talent to do this.....need help on mine.


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By "H"
From Manitou Springs
Nov 30, 2012
Axes glistening in the sun

That's pretty cool. I don't think I have the patience for that. I just roll it up and dump it under my pad if I need the extra.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 1, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Now my regular 70 M climbing rope?/ THAT would look exactly like this weave job if I stuff it into the bottom of my pack and leave it there overnight. Happens to all of us, doesn't it? Rutabega knots all over.


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