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My son has a GoPro Hero 8. He's enjoying taking videos whilst walking outside. I'm worried about him dropping it. He doesn't yet have a case - we're hoping the "Rollcage" case will suit his needs nicely, but it isn't out yet.

I'd be a little more comfortable if he could carry the camera with a strap like the one below, loosely around his wrist.

A tether cord I'm hoping to attach to the GoPro

I'm wondering if we could attach this to the "naked" camera. There are two promising looking holes - see my picture below. But! The manual doesn't seem to explain what these holes are for, and I'm a bit wary of trying, in case they turn out to be eg microphone drainage holes.

GoPro Hero8 from below, with holes highlighted

Are these holes appropriate for attaching a wrist strap? Or is there another way?

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Are these holes appropriate for attaching a wrist strap?

No. Those holes are for the bottom and side microphones. They are not meant to mount a strap to.

Or is there another way?

Sure. You can use one of the built-in folding mount fingers bosses on the bottom. Just fold one or both of the fingers down to loop the strap through the hole with a simple cow hitch.

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  • It's called a girth hitch. What 'r you, a cowboy? ;-) youtube.com/watch?v=FhFmIKxW4lw – OnBreak. Jan 24 '20 at 5:47
  • @hueco Lol. I tend to see it referred to most often a lark's head knot in hammock-hanging circles. Which I find interesting, because I figure there's quite a bit of overlap between climbers and backcountry campers. – scottbb Jan 24 '20 at 16:40
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    There is a bit of overlap but while most climbers are campers, not all campers are climbers. I've had a few naming conversations with sailors as well back when I was climbing-guiding. It's interesting that so many communities have so many names for the same hitches and knots...as if they all discovered them independently from one another. – OnBreak. Jan 24 '20 at 19:07
  • @Hueco 100% same observation here. The clmber->camper correlation is much higher than camper->climber. My grandpa (WWII US Navy) taught me most of my knots, and the rest I know from Ashleigh Book of Knots, etc. I find it really interesting that different fields have different names for many knots, but ones such as bowline (and derivatives such as bowline-in-the-bight, etc.) are pretty universal, and nautical in persistent nomenclature. Tangentially, I've found the most useful general purpose knot to be an alpine butterfly knot. Definitely a climber knot, but so useful in so many other areas. – scottbb Jan 24 '20 at 21:23
  • I find the clove hitch to be useful in day to day as well, especially for impromptu leashing my dog to whatever sturdy object is nearby. Alpine bends were big when I was learning to climb...that summer had a few rappel deaths so the need to not cut corners on rap was an idea that got pretty much burned into me. – OnBreak. Jan 24 '20 at 21:44

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