Paracord bracelets are considered a survival tool because they encompass at least 10 feet of rope! Ten feet is the minimum needed, more length is needed for a larger wrist size. At our recent paracord bracelet skill workshop, 46 members from the Winnemucca and Elko communities attended. In a survival situation 10ft or more of rope can come in handy from rigging a shelter-in-place to having fire starting material. This skill workshop put on by NOS AmeriCorps Outdoor Educators Kaitlin Phipps and Johnny Cooper provided the public hands on and guided instruction on how to make a snake weave paracord bracelet out of all sorts of colors, like safety orange to active camo and sleek black. The community members left with a new skill that can come in handy when preparing to explore the outdoors, a new tool that they made themselves with custom colors like the bubblegum pink cords, and a new way to think about how to prepare and plan ahead.
Pictured: A Mother and her daughters weave their bracelets together. The daughter in the middle finished hers fast, and then helped her mother and sister. In the background, Americorps Member Johnny Cooper assists another participant with an up close showing of how the weave goes.