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How to Rig a Backcountry Block and Tackle

Maybe you're all alone and need to lift an elk quarter off the ground. Or hoist a food bag beyond the reach of bears. Or hang a deer. Maybe you should know how to rig a backcountry block and tackle, using nothing more than rope or parachute cord and a couple of lightweight rock-climbing carabiners.

[1] Find a tree with a strong, live branch at least 2 feet higher than you want to suspend the load. Throw a rope over the branch. Tie a loop in the rope about 5 feet from the standing end by making an overhand knot and pulling a short section of standing line through. Clip a carabiner to this loop.

[2] Thread the running end through a second carabiner, then through the first.

[3] Pull the end of the rope that goes over the branch until the first carabiner is near the branch. Tie this end of the rope to the tree trunk.

[4] Clip the heavy object to the second carabiner. You may need to fasten a rope around the object.

[5] Haul the load as high as required, using the tree as a block by passing the hauling end of the rope around the trunk. Pad it with a jacket or pack to lessen friction. Last, tie the hauling end of the rope around the tree.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Ive tried a method similar to this and can vouch that it works great in a pinch!

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

A picture would be nice.

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

i agree we need a pic

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from ryanjameshurd wrote 4 years 52 weeks ago

Picture.

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from Fishman5 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

If your looking to improve concentration in kids, this would be a great way to start.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Ive tried a method similar to this and can vouch that it works great in a pinch!

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from Fishman5 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

If your looking to improve concentration in kids, this would be a great way to start.

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

A picture would be nice.

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

i agree we need a pic

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from ryanjameshurd wrote 4 years 52 weeks ago

Picture.

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