Heavy monofilament line as tripwire

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Heavy monofilament line as tripwire

Postby #4Buck » Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:11 pm

Okay, I admit, I don't have any in the trunk of the car, but I was thinking that it might be a good idea to have a couple coils of very, very heavy monofilament fishing line to employ as tripwire around your camp as you travel. Tripwires with tin cans as noisemakers are certainly a time-honored idea, but what if the tripwire was super-strong mono, and it was stretched really tight from tree to tree, about shin-high?

A quick journey through sites that serve the long-line fishing industry says you can get 500-pound test line in 100-yard lengths for between $10 and $25. I think you could, as a routine part of setting up camp, circle the camp with your trip line, stretching it from tree to tree to rock to fence post to whatever, wrapping around each object as you go, keeping it tight as possible. You could hang cans or other stuff on it to provide early warning. It might also live up to its name - tripwire - and send the first shuffling zombie or two crashing to the ground. And it wouldn't be that hard to do it twice - have one line in close, one further out - for double coverage.

My first idea for this involved a spool of barbed wire, or even barbless fence wire, and I still think that would be a good option for a big party moving in a convoy or some such, when there's lots of room for hauling stuff. If I was alone, however, or with just one or two other vehicles, I might stick with the mono for light weight and ease of deployment and retrieval.

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Re: Heavy monofilament line as tripwire

Postby Red Star » Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:33 pm

Picture wire is also a good thing to have as well.
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Re: Heavy monofilament line as tripwire

Postby Bob » Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:07 pm

That sounds like a really good idea.
There are lots of things that could be done with line like that.
I am wondering if it would make a good garrotte.
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Re: Heavy monofilament line as tripwire

Postby UnderDude » Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:29 pm

I picked up a bunch of tripwire years ago.
Bob, I'd use braided line instead.....
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Re: Heavy monofilament line as tripwire

Postby Red Star » Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:50 pm

Picture wire is braided. A long time ago I made a line with key chain rings on it with a detachable hook for dipping circuit boards into a degreaser easier. Long story short, it was in my car and got me a dangerous weapons charge as an alleged garrote. DO NOT get caught with something like that!
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Re: Heavy monofilament line as tripwire

Postby UnderDude » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:11 pm

I meant braided fishing line.
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Re: Heavy monofilament line as tripwire

Postby Red Star » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:32 pm

UnderDude wrote:I meant braided fishing line.


Picture wire can be used for large fish. :P
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