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Rope bundle advice!

Postby justin.s » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:42 pm

I think you guys can help: I would like to learn a way to bundle rope for the following purpose...
I am going on a canoeing trip and have a pack loaded with over $2000 of expensive backcountry gear onboard. Should the canoe sink (unlikely) I will have a buoy attached to one end of my rope which will float as the pack sinks. The other end of the rope will be attached to the pack. The bundle of rope must hold itself together, but be able to be cleanly and reliably undone by pulling on opposite ends. HELP me please! Thanks!


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Re: Rope bundle advice!

Postby rlown » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:49 pm

justin.s wrote:I think you guys can help: I would like to learn a way to bundle rope for the following purpose...
I am going on a canoeing trip and have a pack loaded with over $2000 of expensive backcountry gear onboard. Should the canoe sink (unlikely) I will have a buoy attached to one end of my rope which will float as the pack sinks. The other end of the rope will be attached to the pack. The bundle of rope must hold itself together, but be able to be cleanly and reliably undone by pulling on opposite ends. HELP me please! Thanks!


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You could treat the rope like an extension cord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaEv9wm6gy0

or you could put the pack in a sealed plastic bag (it won't sink that way), or you could just tie it off to the canoe. doubtful the canoe will fully sink.

Not a fan of the buoy idea. All depends on if you're on a lake or a river.

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Rope bundle advice!

Postby justin.s » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:59 pm

It would take a really large, tough sealed bag to hold this 65 pound 75 liter pack! Even then I'd be shocked to see my 65 lb pack float! Haha! Wish it would! I think I definitely need the rope bundle plan as insurance... Help.. My current bundle has the problem of the outside coil needing to be fully intact for the bundle to undo itself, also the tail end has to be tucked under itself to hold the coil in place.. So any tension on the tail end (see Imagephoto) makes the rope unable to unravel through the coil. Image


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Re: Rope bundle advice!

Postby rlown » Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:02 pm

that pad alone will make it float. It's about displacement and the weight of water. I'd choose lashing it to the canoe.

where are you going? and lake or river?

ps: don't put those exercise weights in the background in the pack :)
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Re: Rope bundle advice!

Postby justin.s » Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:04 pm

Boundary waters lakes (northern MN)


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Re: Rope bundle advice!

Postby rlown » Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:06 pm

justin.s wrote:Boundary waters lakes (northern MN)


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ahh.. lakes. and not deep. lash it to the canoe. spent lots of summers up there. you'll have no issue other than bugs.
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Re: Rope bundle advice!

Postby justin.s » Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:08 pm

Haha I'm a broke college student with way too much hard earned money stuffed into that pack. Makes me so nervous floating across a lake in a canoe with it! Haha


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Re: Rope bundle advice!

Postby rlown » Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:10 pm

you worry to much :D still, if you flip the canoe and she's not in a bag, you're still having an issue. just a garbage bag or two and some duct tape will save some time drying things out. At least your sleeping bag should be in a sealed garbage bag, as well as electronics in their own dry bag.

Have you been on a canoe before? Just wondering because.. well..

More important: Wear a life preserver. Pack and gear is replaceable. You are not.

And everyone's pack is worth 2k if you add it up.

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Re: Rope bundle advice!

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:15 pm

It would take a really large, tough sealed bag to hold this 65 pound 75 liter pack!


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