Using your cordelette to equalize an anchor requires a little practice. Ideally, you’ll have three pieces in a vertical orientation, close together.
Clip the cordelette through all three pieces, creating one big loop. Now place your fingers on the two sections of cord between the three pieces. Pull these sections down to meet the section of cord at the bottom of the loop. You should now have six pieces of cord (forming three loops) dangling below the lowest piece.
Next, pull the three loops tight to equalize tension on the three pieces, and tie all the loops together in a figure eight on a bight ( see
photo at right). Voila— your master point!
When not using the cordelette in the anchor, coil it into four or five loops of the same size. Next, pull opposite ends of all the loops to create a long, straight mass, then tie an overhand knot through the mass to reduce the length and hold the coils together for easy carry.