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Survivial Barbed Rope

I came up with this idea while I was working on my Wilderness Survival Merit badge at horseshoe bend in Texas. There was one requirement where you are suppose to "survive" one night outside with nothing but the clothes on your back and some water. To make it realistic, I made a mini barbed-wire layout so I have protection from medium sized animals. I call it barbed rope!
 
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Step 1: Materials

Barbed part:
twigs
staples 
tooth picks
 paper clips

Rope part:
vines
rope (not string. String is too weak.)
para-cord (stuffs amazing!)
plant roots ( gonna have to be pretty long)

If you know how to make string from long grass or plants, that works too! I think there is an 'ibles on that in the survival skills contest :)

Step 2: Rope

To make the "wire", use a rope like material.

Para-cord works best but i doubt you can find any out in the wild. Unless you pack some just in case :) Braid the para-cord so its thicker. That way it will hold the barbs better,

Rope!! NOT STRING. String will work, but is too weak!! If you have alot of string, make a rope by braiding.

Plant roots work, but long ones are hard to find. If you find skinny roots, braid them like rope to make a thicker,stronger rope.

Vines are like para-cord only more rigid. If the vine is DRY, make it wet when you finish the barbed rope so it's less likely to crack and split. This also makes it easier to work with because it bends better.


spylock1 year ago
Well its interesting,never saw it done before,cool to know.When I camp where there are animals that can get nasty,I will sometimes use blackberry branches,they wont hold back a large critter,like a bear,but will buy me time to get to my weapon.Skunks are what really worry me,I got sprayed as a teen,and I dont care what one may use,one will smell somewhat the better of two weeks.Good job,cool to learn.
zazenergy2 years ago
Interesting project. I would recommend trying to take some clearer photos. Thanks for sharing!
mad doctor (author)  zazenergy2 years ago
cool. ummm... yea i ama gonna give that lame excuse that my phone sucks and not that i can't stay still :P
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