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;
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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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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Do this along as much of the rope as possible to keep it all together making sure you know which end is which. Pulling one end will start the unraveling and the other will tighten the binding.
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Then using the Cobra stitch as seen in my other instructables (https://www.instructables.com/id/Endless-Paracord-Bracelet/) simply thread a loop through the shackle and tie around the ends. Under over under over as usual then thread the two ends back under all the knots you made. Tighten and trim to size. A simple lanyard or pull tab.
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Take the end from the binding, the one that doesnt come undone, and thread it through the hole in the bottom of the bottle. Push all the cord into the bottle and pass the unraveling end gently through the hole in the lid. It may be better to attach the lanyard after. This is the RUP.
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For this i used a knot called the Highwayman's hitch. Its for securing a horse in the wild west supposedly, the horse can pull hard on one end and it not come off and the rider can tug once on the other for it to fall away for a quick get away. Basically make a loop behind a pole, thread the long end (the one that you are going to pull on and dont want to move) through the loop, then thread the short end (the one that undoes it) through the second loop. Tighten it all up and its done, i did this on the strap that holds the lid in place just so the cord doesnt accidentally come loose and unravel unintentionally. Then i took the binding end (the one in the bottom hole of the bottle) and passed it through the drainage grommet of the water bottle pocket. Then secure it to another strap so it cant go anywhere, not with a stopper knot, it must be a no-sliding loop!
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The RUP will sit nicely in your bag until you need it, simply pull one end and the whole thing will come unraveled, just make sure the loose end is secured properly. Thanks for reading, any comments and suggestions are appreciated. The next step is 200ft and a molle pouch.