UKSN 14 Week Basic Survival Challenge - Week 11

Survival Challenge

The eleventh week of the UKSN Community Challenge starts today! Learn about the UKSN and take part in weekly challenges, tasks and skills! Can you complete them all?

Don't forget to share your progress and pictures of your daily challenges on our Facebook group or in the comment section below.

This week you have 2 challenges to complete!

Challenge 1:

Tie Two Basic Knots (Reef & Figure of Eight)

Being able to tie a good knot is not only useful but could be a lifesaver!

Did You Know?

Knots are generally classified into 3 categories; bends, hitches or splices. A bend is used to unite 2 ends of a rope, a hitch is used to fasten rope to another object and a splice is multi-strand bend or loop.

The Challenge

Tie 2 basic knots. The knots you are required to tie are a REEF KNOT and a FIGURE OF EIGHT.

The Reef Knot is used to tie two ropes of equal thickness together whereas the Figure of Eight is used as a stopper knot and to prevent ropes from fraying. it's is also quite often used in rock climbing!

Items required

- Rope or string

Reef Knot Instructions

Figure of Eight Instructions

Challenge 2:

Bottle Fish trap

Trapping is an efficient method of gathering food without using up precious energy.

The Challenge

Your hungry and lack the materials to go fishing but you have managed to gather 2 large cola bottles on your travels. Time to build a bottle fish trap!

Items Required

- 2 bottles

- Scissors

- Cable ties or string


Step 1: Scavenge 2x 2L 'Coke' bottles.

Step 2: Cut the bottles as shown in the diagram above.

Step 3: Place the smaller of the 2 bottles inside the larger bottle.

Step 4: Cut a few small holes in the main bottle which will allow it to sink easier.

Step 5: Cut holes through both of the bottles and attach them together using cable ties or string.

Step 6: Tie a tether to the bottle and ensure you anchor it down before placing in water.

Step 7: Place at the edge of a stream and add bait such as meat, worms and insects.

Important Information - Primitive traps and snares are for survival situations only and are otherwise illegal to use.

Let us know how you get on using the comments section below or posting via our Facebook group. In fact, why not post on both?

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