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Using Paracord as emergency escape rope...

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Bogus, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Mark123

    Mark123 Empty Pockets

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    I think he's talking about using paracord, not the grappling hook. That being said, I had a friend who said he would rappel down from a 2-3 story window when he was in college using paracord but I don't know if that was just :censored:-at the time, though, he probably weighed 165 lbs, soaking wet.
     
  2. yam350

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    Still waiting to see a video but I ain't gonna hold my breath!
    Mind you if a successful video is posted without any trickery in it, I may just go and eat one of my hats( no I'm not going to post a hat eating video)
     
  3. dewildeman

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    RIP

    :jester:
     
  4. El Verbo

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    :laugh:

    Really, LAUGHED. OUT. LOUD.
     
  5. Claren

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    Well, if he weighed more than 20 lbs., the shock-loading that would have inevitably occurred would have snapped the line, likely before he even got both feet entirely out of the window frame.
     
  6. Mark123

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    Okay, at the risk of angering the forum by resurrecting an old topic, I finally got to test this-sort of...

    I took military issue paracord (OD green outer shell with 6 inner threads) and formed a loop on one end with an overhand knot-nothing fancier than thant. I then took the other end and tied it over the metal frame of a playground across the street from us and tied the end off one of the sides using two-half hitches. With clothing on, jacket, etc...I probably weigh 175 lbs, soaking wet.

    Test one-I swung back and forth about three times. (I've worked with 550 cord for over a decade, so I was smart enough to bring a pair of leather gloves.)
    It didn't snap.

    Test two-Based on the previous post, I shortened the length, balanced on the swing, and dropped down deadweight.
    It didn't snap. (It wasn't a true deadweight fall, because the stuff stretched, and I end up on the ground, but the stuff didn't break)

    It was at night and it was raining, if that matters.

    Scientific-no. Ill advised to try to rappel with the stuff-yes. Hurt like h*ll, even with gloves on, just holding on to it. I'm no expert, climber, etc...but again, after working with the stuff for over a decade, it's :censored: near indestructible.
     
  7. El Verbo

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    Great. Here we go ...

    :laugh:
     
  8. d7e7r7

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    I know this thread is old but I was thinking about this today and did a search and this thread came up...
    Found this video on youtube after a search on the topic: