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You have to pull, hoist or let down something that is very heavy and there is no windlass or block and tackle available.

If you have a long rope handy, you will be able to make the equivalent of a tackle that will double your tractive power.



Here is the plan:

  • Fasten 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 direction.

  • 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 under pressure

Dr 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 Wallace’s main field of interest and his passion is to transfer these old forgotten skills to young hunters.

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