Mar 092013
 

Paracord Pacecounter Tutorial

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A paracord pacecounter is a very useful tool to have on hand during hikes.  With this simple and compact tool, you can keep track of your distance by simply adjusting beads.  The paracord pacecounter that I am showing for this tutorial features nine beads.  The upper four beads are white glow-in-the-dark beads and the lower five are black beads.

Paracord Pacecounter

Paracord Pacecounter

A paracord pacecounter works as a type of logging system to keep track of your distance.  Before setting out on a hike, you need to determine the length of your stride.  Now with that information, you can determine how many steps it takes to reach a pre-determined distance.  For example, you may want to know how many steps it takes you to reach 100 yards.  Divide the length of your stride into 100 yards and that is how many steps it will take.

Now that you know how many steps it takes for you to reach 100 yards, you will slide one of the lower black beads down each time you reach 100 yards.  When you have reached 500 yards, you will slide an upper bead down and reset the lower beads.  When all of the upper beads have been used, you have reached 1000 yards.  You can use whatever predetermined distance works best for your current hike.

Step # 1 -

The only supplies that are needed to make a paracord pacecounter are:

  • Paracord
  • 9 Beads (Your choice of colors)
  • Lighter
  • Scissors or Knife
  • Tape
Paracord Pacecounter Supplies

Paracord Pacecounter Supplies

Step # 2 -

Strip the inner strings from the paracord.  Using a lighter, melt the ends of the paracord.

Paracord Pacecounter Strings Removed

Paracord Pacecounter Strings Removed

Step # 3 -

Sometimes you need to reduce the friction to get both ends through the beads.  A great way to do this is to tightly wrap the ends with tape.

Paracord Pacecounter Ends Taped

Paracord Pacecounter Ends Taped

Step # 4 -

  • Tie a knot at the top of the paracord to form a loop
  • Thread the four upper beads
  • Tie another knot
  • Thread the five lower beads
  • Tie a final knot
  • Cut the loose ends and melt them slightly
Paracord Pacecounter Completed

Paracord Pacecounter Completed

 

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Paracord Pacecounter Tutorial

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