A tripod is a handy thing to have when you are roughing it. You can use them to protect your food or backpack from nosy animals and as good way to make cooking easier. Hang a pot or kettle to make soups and stews over the coals, or use a large tripod and a tarp to make an impromptu tepee.
A camp tripod can be made quickly using a hatchet, some cord and a few small saplings. The next time you head for the forest, try building a simple wooden tripod to make camping a little more comfortable.
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Things you need
- Hunting knife
- Cord or twine
- Strap with two S hooks
- 3 poles, 6 feet long
Use your hatchet to chop down three small saplings. They should all be about the same thickness.
Use the hatchet to strip away all the branches and trim the poles to the same length. For general use, poles about 6 feet long will work, but longer poles will be needed to make a tepee tripod.
Use the hunting knife to sharpen the thick end of each pole to a point. The pointed ends will be driven into the ground to make a stable base for your tripod.
Lay the three poles on the ground with the top ends side by side. Make sure the pointed butt ends are even with each other so the tripod will be stable.
Use the cord or twine to lash the pole tops together by tying a loop of the cord around the outside pole closest to you. Wrap the cord in six turns around each pole by feeding the cord over the end pole, under the middle pole and over the other end pole. You will end up with six turns of cord around the poles.
Pull the cord to tighten the lashing and the make two turns around the lashing in between the poles and pull it tight. Tie off the rope in a half hitch knot around the outside pole by wrapping a loop of the cord around the pole and pulling it back through the loop. Do this twice.
Pick up the tripod and drive the pointed ends into the earth at close to an equal distance from each other. The tripod is now up and you can attach one S hook of the strap around the top of the tripod to hang your things up.
Tips and warnings
- Use green wood saplings for cook fire tripods because green wood is moist and resists burning.
- Use tools of any kind carefully and follow safe work practices. Always make safety job No. 1.
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