Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Do I need to carry rope on a day hike?

Rope Image courtesy of Simon Howden
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Q: Should I bring rope with me on a day hike? I often see it listed as a necessary item in backpacking books – jim04, Modesto, Calif.

A: Ropes are one of those items you’ll probably never need on a day hike with kids, but should you be forced to stay the night, it will make building a shelter much easier.

As with a multipurpose tool’s many gadgets, you never know when one will come in handy. You don’t need anything too expensive. Ten to 12 feet of nylon cord will be more than sufficient. To help cut costs, clothesline rope also will work.

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.