Ropework is also a skill you need to develop, especially if you are planning on doing the more challenging mountaineering or rock climbing. What exactly is rope work? It is a series of skills and processes that are used to make, repair, and use the rope. If you’re stranded somewhere, this skill can come in very handy.
To make a rope, you’ll need to take a long length of some twine or yarn and tie it to a strong rod or pole. Place a second rod away from the original rod at a distance equal to three times as long as you want your rope to be. Take your twine and loop it around this second rod. Now go back and loop it once more around the first rod, loop it around and bring it back to the second rod. Now tie off the twine to the second rod. If you have someone to help, you each need to take one of the rods and start twisting the twine counterclockwise (if you don’t have help, this may be a bit difficult, although not impossible to do).
When the twine is twisted, you each need to untie the securing knots. Take the twisted piece of twine and now attach one end of that to the rods. Repeat the looping process again, now using the twisted twine. When you get to the twisting step, you now need to twist the rods clockwise. Before you cut your new rope away from the rods, you’ll need to make either a temporary constrictor knot or a permanent whipping knot and then you can cut the rope off of the rods. In a pinch, you can also use several layers of the adhesive tape to stop the rope from coming apart.
The simplest sort of proper whipping is known as common whipping. It is made by taking a two-foot or greater length of strong string, forming a loop with it, three or four diameters of the rope in length, and lying it on the rope near the frayed end. The rest of the length is then tightly wrapped without overlapping around the rope, moving up the loop. When the end of the loop is nearly covered, pull the remaining free length of the string through the loop and then pull on both ends, which will pull the end of the loop under the whipping. Cut off the end of the rope close to the edge of the whipping and then cut off the two free lengths of string.
If you use synthetic fibers, like nylon, to make your rope, you’ll need to use fusion to prevent unraveling. Simply make a nice even cut at either end and then hold it a few inches above a flame until the material melts together. Allow it to cool before trying to use it or you might unwittingly burn yourself. If the material you’re using won’t melt (like cotton or Kevlar ), an even simpler method of fusing is to just dip the ends into paint or glue; once it dries, it does a great job keeping your rope together.