Backpacking + Survival Knots

Backpacking + Survival Knots

Our meetup group just finished a backpack outing in the Meadowoods Recreation Area in Lorton Virgina. This was an exercise to get us used to caring our packs on moderate terrain. We also took the time to practice some of our survival knots.

How much does your pack weigh? We just took out our EDC at a weight of approximately thirteen pounds. It’s a good idea to make sure you can move at a moderate pace with the weight of your pack. If it’s too heavy you will get tired quickly and not cover much ground. If you condition yourself you can slowly add more weight without much effort.

The idea would be to only carry what is needed and carry the lightest pack possible. This can be accomplished in many ways. If you improve your skills many items can simply be left behind. For example if you are skilled at the most primitive type of fishing, hand fishing or grabbing the fish out of the water with your hands, then you can go without the fishing pole. But, an alternative might be to learn to fish with only a line and hook. But the take away here is to get skilled in areas that are valuable to you.

Another good way to lighten the load is to make sure your gear can serve more than one purpose. So if you learn how to make a tent from a poncho for example you can ditch the tent. The poncho is now your rain gear and your shelter. You could always plan to make a primitive shelter but rain gear is nice to have.

The survival knots we practice were the Square Knot, Sheet Bend, Bowline and Overhand Knot. The Sheet Bend and Square Knot are used to tie two ropes together. The Bowline is a basic climbing knot and the Overhand is a stop knot. These are easy and very useful knots that everyone should know.

This was a fun outing with a purpose. So why don’t you go out and use your prepper gear and practice your skills? The saying “use it or lose it” is very true.

Keep on prepping,


Survival Knots

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