An Old fashioned way of carrieing your
cloths and gear!
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The Bedroll , or blanket Roll is by
far one of the oldest ways people carry their belongings into the
field. And all you need to begin using this system is a blanket, some
rope and about 5 mins .
You start out by laying out the
blanket and placing the gear you want to carry , evenly spaced across
the blanket lengthwise.
- Outdoor gear to put in the roll!
Then evenly fold the twp sides in like
This contains your gear and keeps it
from comming out the sides, it also makes the roll more compact.
Then simply pick an end and roll up
the gear into the blanket:
Be sure any bulky items are evenly
spaced throughout the blanket or you will have a large, sharp and oddly
shaped bulge which will make it hard to carry
From there you tie a length of rope to
an end. It helps if the knot you use tightens when pulled.
When you have finished your knot,
using the same length of rope, bring it over as a shoulder strap and
tie it onto the other end.
Reduce your shoulder strap length by adding a loop. This loop also acts
as a way to secure gear on the move and acts as a hanging strap when
you stop to rest. This keeps your blanket off the ground.
When you have the shoulder strap adjusted and the knots tight on your
bedroll, you can slide an axe, machete or shovel under the straps for
ease of carry:
dont see for some reason but is present in the roll is my coffee can
and new hobo stove...
When your done, try it on! A
blanket roll should be carried across the shoulder like so:
There are some ways to make this outfit
more comfortable to carry as the rope can dig into you. One option is
to wrap and tie a towel to the rope and use that to pad your shoulder.
Another option is to tie the bedroll with belts and lace a long, wide
one through the tie-belts and the wider strap will feel better than the
rope. This can be further enhanced by a quick trip to the auto parts
store and get a slip on seat belt pad to cover the belt and add padding
to your shoulder. Most of these are made to attach with Velcro.
Wrap your shelter material around the outside of the blanket roll to
protect it from the weather, then tie it togeather.