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Rapid Unraveling Paracord, or RUP for short.

I was fitting a Camelback reservoir to my Monsoon Gearslinger the other day, and started to think of useful things i could use the water bottle pocket for now that it was obsolete. I turned to everyone's favourite outdoor tool for inspiration. Since getting in to Paracord i have acquired several large rope drums from various places that i am using for storage purposes. If only i could have a way to store a large amount of Paracord tidily on the go. Enter RUP. This is a combination of ideas really, it uses a technique called a figure of eight flake, as listed here;

(http://www.animatedknots.com/fig8flake/index.php?Categ=ropecare&LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com)

By laying the cord in a figure of eight motion it becomes completely tangle free, and by tugging the lower end it will come completely unraveled.
 
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My first version of the RUP uses
     100ft of Black Paracord
     approx 3ft red Paracord
     a 1 litre water bottle (with wide neck)
     A snap shackle

To make things easier i also whipped together a simple jig to make the process easier. Really you only need 2 poles a set distance between each other but i found this is the easiest to work with. The jig is quite simple and i made it adjustable to, im not going to go in to it as you may be able to deduct how it works from the pictures.

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The container, because this RUP is to fit in the water bottle pocket a water bottle is the first obvious choice. I picked this one up from a local store in the U.K. for £7.99, the wide mouth is key. Using a drill (with adult supervision if your small of course) drill one hole in the centre of the lid and bottom of the bottle. I used the mould scar (the little dimple type mark formed in production) as a marker. Then i used the can opener on my leatherman to tidy up the burrs left behind from drilling plastic.
step 5 pic 2 = 8====D
steveo473 months ago
Can u please tell me were u got the small snap shackle
You can do a similar thing even if you are not sure of all the fancy knots and jig making by following this instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Fast-Bottle-for-rapid-deployment-and-organized-pa/ Your RUP is like Grey Poupon and my Rapid Deployment bottle is like the Yellow Mustard in a squeeze tube. Nice job!
use a skydiving grade snap shackle and youll get considerable strength out of it. it also includes a split ring so you can attach a cord to the release pin.
sLpFhaWK3 years ago
Thats pretty awesome. So for clarification your pulling the cord from the top, or bottom of the bottle?I would assume bottom because the top looks like its there to give resistance when your pulling slack. still awesome design I might make one of these.
mattrush (author)  sLpFhaWK3 years ago
the top of the bottle (the lid end) the loose end out the bottom is for anchoring it to something so that the bottle doesn't come out. It also stops the whole bundle being pulled out when you unravel it. Thanks for the appreciation.
ovrser3 years ago
where did you find that clip??
mattrush (author)  ovrser3 years ago
http://shop.pinbax.com/index.asp?selection=detailed&uid=34703&cg=7&mc=96&cct=&sc=414

it's a UK based sailing shop, only down the road from me, not as strong as a carabiner but a lot lot smaller
Just to make sure, the one that doesn't make it unravel is the one that is used to make the quick release paracord holder right?
mattrush (author)  ParacordJedi3 years ago
That's right, as long as you tie it off properly. The end that doesn't unravel is the one you use to bind it all together. Make sure you thread the end through the last loop to secure it properly. Check my other instructable for more information on the quick release wrapping
thanks a lot, very good idea and will help me every month when i go camping
budabob073 years ago
Just a tip, "karabiner" is spelled with a C
mattrush (author)  budabob073 years ago
thanks, my mac autocorrected it!