A Handy Bushcraft Trick to Stay Dry In Wet Woods

 If you are keen to understand knots: the knots used are simple and secure. With practice, each can be rigged in seconds. Siberian hitches to secure the rope to the trees and harvest hitches to snug up each line. The beauty of these knots is they hold true but when you want to untie them, a little tug on the right place and *pop!*, they are out like magic. Thus, tear down took only about 3 minutes, too.

If you are keen to understand knots: the knots used are simple and secure. With practice, each can be rigged in seconds. Siberian hitches to secure the rope to the trees and harvest hitches to snug up each line. The beauty of these knots is they hold true but when you want to untie them, a little tug on the right place and *pop!*, they are out like magic. Thus, tear down took only about 3 minutes, too.

A little trick I learned long ago while hunting black tail deer in the rainforest of the Alaska panhandle, and which applies equally well to extended hikes in Nova Scotia’s wet woods: always keep a tarp and some line with you. I was caught in a sudden deluge yesterday–a real downpour that lasted an hour and a half–and was able to throw this up in about 3 minutes flat, keeping myself and my gear dry. Normally, I would have rigged up a simple 3 point chair for comfort, and cut a few tent stakes, tied the line between two trees at about 7 feet height and staked the corners for a neater look, but it was pouring so hard I just winged it fast.

 

 

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