You have to pull, hoist or let down something
that is very heavy and there is no windlass or block and tackle
If you have a long rope handy, you will be able to
make the equivalent of a tackle that will double your tractive
Here is the plan:
the rope at point A
Tie a loop a short distance away from A.
Pull the rope through the loop so that it can
form a still longer loop. It will help if somebody can hold the
loop for you.
Thread the point of the rope through a smooth
eye or something similar that will al- low the rope to move
freely to and fro at point B (the item that must be moved)..
Thread the point through the long loop that has
been formed in point 3 above and pull tight in the opposite
The heavy item at B can now, as a result of your
mechanical advantage, much easier be moved. Use this technique
to shift a vehicle, to load or let down cargo or as a strap to
fasten a load thoroughly. With a proper branch of a tree above
is also a way to hoist the carcass of an animal up to skin it or
to load it on a high truck.
A bowline knot is a common loop knot is not easy to
untie afterwards. The bowline knot shown in accompanying sketch is
ideal for a loop, does not tie up and unties easily when it is not
Wallace Vosloo is an Engineer and Scientist by
profession. His family has lived in Africa since 1696
and he has a deep love for the continent. He is a
practical outdoorsman and loves traditional hunting, axe
and knife throwing, longbow shooting, black powder
rifle- and cannon shooting, salt and fresh water fly
fishing and tracking. The art of survival is Wallaces
main field of interest and his passion is to transfer
these old forgotten skills to young hunters.
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