Paracord, also known as parachute cord is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope that was originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes. Over the years, other organizations like NASA and the military used paracord due to its versatility. Astronauts used paracord as a way to stay attached while repairing the Hubble Space Telescope; the Military used it with their first aid kits as a tourniquet as well as a way to attach equipment and other smaller items to harnesses or backpacks. Survivalists, like you and I, have also discovered other uses for this sturdy material. Today, we will show you how to make a paracord ladder.
Steps to Make a Paracord Ladder
What You'll Need:
50 - 60 feet of 550 paracord (this will make 4 - 5 rung)
What is a rung?
A horizontal support on a ladder
If you just have one piece of rope, fold in half and make a Bowline on the Bight Knot. For people who are using tow separate ropes, evenly line up before starting the first rung.
Step 2 - Make the 1st Rung
Give at least 12 - 20 inches of extra rope before starting the first rung. This will make it easier to secure the top of the ladder later. To make a rung, make a "S" shape with one side of the rope. With the other side of the rope, pass the rope over the top rope of the "S". Then under the middle and bottom ropes. Wrap it around as tight and as neat as you can. This will assure you that the rung will be more sturdy. Usually, you'll wrap it 8 - 12 times. Once you get to the other side, string the rope through the eye and tighten the rope on both sides. It's important that both of the sides are even.
Step 3 - Making the Next Rung
Now, with the rope you just made the first rung through, make an "S" shape about 10 - 12 inches down. Repeat Step 2 but with opposite sides.
It's important that you rotate making a new rung with both sides of the rope. Once you get to the end, tie it off at the top and bottom. In this video, they use a Bowline on the Bight technique to secure the top of the paracord rope ladder.
Remember, practice makes perfect! Make it a habit of staying up to date with survival skills. In my house, we try to practice at least twice a year.