Your right woodwalker.. I have been using Bunjees (sometimes called roof rack/trailer elastics) for years on exercise with my basha.. but I have found on many occasion problems :
Originally Posted by woodwalker
- Your bunjees are either too short or too long
- if they snap (its happened) or get burnt, they are pretty useless
- If they spring off or the basha rips, they can cause quite nasty injuries if it catches you
- If your anchor points are not brilliant, the elasticassy tends to spring your stake/peg out
- if your trying to pitch to a small tree or use it to lift to a branch, the elastic bends the branch too
I have now started to rely on cordage, and a couple of knots..
I saw Ray Mears tie a "Siberian hitch"... I couldn't find it anywhere in books or online, and had to re-watch the episode a few times and plenty of practice before I cracked it... its a GREAT knot.. and it quick release (which is much better than a bunjee if you are "bumped" and have to make a quick withdrawel)...
Either a round turn and two half hitchs, or a figure 8 knot to secure anything to the pegs...
And for anything that needs tensionsing.. I agree with above... either prussiks (two fishermens bends make a good prusik loop) or a bowline is also adjustable, but not as quick as the Prusik.
All practice... you'll crack it Nobby
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