Fast Bottle for rapid deployment (and organized paracord storage)

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I was inspired by the all the ibles on making a "fast rope" for their paracord.  After several attempts mine keeps getting looped around one of the other loops and bringing my paracord to a screeching halt.  Then I remembered the way I store my old climbing rope.  In a stuff sack! Just like the bags that swift water rescue folks use.

That got me thinking about a "bag" that was smaller than an old sleeping bag stuff sack.  Along came the fast bottle!
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Step 1: Shrinking the "bag"

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I knew i could get a smaller stuff sack, but that was not something I had sitting around (and I am pretty cheap).

Then I remembered that lots of people were using the old BPA water bottles for survival kits, dry storage, etc.

I raided the cupboard and found a bike bottle of questionable plastic content (even though I REALLY love riding for the NCMEC every year)!

Step 2: Hole in the top of the bottle

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This was much easier since all I had to do was pop the sealing part out, and cut the two small connecting pieces in the lid.

The first time I put the paracord in the bottle the cordage got snagged on a rough edge from removing the inner workings of the lid.

I then went back and smoothed the inside edge with a sharp blade and then a lighter (in hind sight I bet fine sand paper would have been perfect too).

Step 3: Hole in the bottom

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I used my trusty Gerber Multitool's awl to "drill" a hole in the bottom of the bottle.  This left a nice smooth opening for the paracord to pass though.

Step 4: Filling the bottle

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First you pass the paracord through the bottom of the bottle from the top, tie some sort of stopper knot.  My favorite knot is the figure 8.  It gives a nice loop when needed, or unties very easily when not needed.

Step 5: Final testing

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I filled the bottle, and deployed the paracord in an instant!  Much more successful than the several attempts at using a fast rope.

I realized that the figure 8 knot also helped hold the working end of the paracord nicely stored in the bottle lid.
mtngrown2 years ago
I made one of these and I gotta say: It's fantastic! The cord deploys just like rope from a swift water rescue bag. Did some experimentation with other types of bottles: 1L water bottle, 2L bottle, etc. They worked too, but not as well, possibly due to the narrower neck. Great 'able. Now all my 550 cord is neatly stored and easily deployed. My Boy Scouts all made a bunch too, some for the troop and some for personal use. Showed 'em to the folks at Scout camp this summer, and now they're all making them too. Thanks!
User1132 years ago
Looks neat. Is there any secret as to how to "stuff" the cord into the bottle? Anything to avoid?
brianadkison (author) 2 years ago
This small bottle holds about 80' of 550 paracord, fits in all water bottle carriers, and helps in deploying your cordage a long distance if you are using for a bear bag, etc. I will be making a larger version to hold a full 100' soon (either in a Nalgene or a larger bike bottle).
I love this! good idea for the practical problem of tangled chords. Good 'ible m8t!
brianadkison (author) 2 years ago
100' WILL fit inside a 32oz Gatorade bottle. Will test the ease of deployment soon, but looks promising!
brianadkison (author)  brianadkison2 years ago
brianadkison (author) 2 years ago
BTW I am drying the Gatorade bottle on my boot dryer!
brianadkison (author) 2 years ago
Just drilled holes in the top and bottom of a 32oz Gatorade bottle, rinsed well and waiting for it to dry to test fit 100' of 550 paracord. Looks promising because the bike bottle I used before was only good for about 24oz!