Photo by Luke Nilsson

In some situations, a broken tent pole can turn a backcountry hunt into a survival scenario. One of the most common breaks is a split in the female end of one of the pole sections. Here’s how to fix it in the field with a piece of parachute cord.

Insert the male segment into the split female end. With paracord, tie three or four very tight knots around the cracked section and stack them so they will keep the pole from separating further. Use a lighter to partially melt the paracord, effectively locking the knots in place (at right). You might need to buy a new tent pole when you get home, but this will get you through your hunt.

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