It may be simple and it may be forgotten, but it also may save your life. It is the humble rope. It is something that has helped humans survive for the thousands of years that we have been on this lonely little planet. It’s uses are so varied that I would take me probably years to properly describe just how many different uses rope has, but here are just a few uses for rope that are going to help you survive an emergency or in the bush.
The main thing that you can use rope for during a survival situation is to build a shelter. Trying to build one with out a bit of rope or cordage is going to be nearly impossible and if you think that hope is enough to endure strong winds or heavy snow, then you might be deluding yourself.
Rope is also commonly used for climbing. The ropes that climbers use is by far some of the best stuff on the planet. It has to be if they want to entrust their lives with it. Climbing rope is also able to be frayed. There are several small string inside of it that you can pull apart for smaller tasks that you might need to do such as tie something to your belt.
Rope has also found another helpful use, in the form of a clothes line. It is not a common thing for people to hang their clothes to dry so doing that in the outdoors is something that many of us overlook. After spending a while in a survival situation, you are definitely going to have to start considering cleaning your clothes, rope may not help get those nasty smells out, but it will provide an excellent way of drying them out in the sun.