Originally Posted by RetiredArmyCWO
what good's the 550 cord if it isn't knotted or has beads?
You tie and untie the knots as you go
1st strand counts every 100 meters
2nd strand counts the every klick
As you reach 10 knots on the 100m strand you tie a knot in the klick strand then you begin to untie the knots in the 100m strand until you have no knots then tie another in the klick strand.
I found this works better then a pre-knotted or a beaded strand for keeping track of distance. The klick strand is long enough for 20 klicks. After 20 klicks you can tick off on your map if you need to.
The 550 cord is soft, quiet, and fastens easily to the compass. Also stows well too taking up less space then beads.