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Learning Lashing

Learning to lash is an interesting and important survival skill that can come in handy when building improvised shelters or crafting structures for your campsite. There are many ways lashings can be used: making emergency snowshoes, tying off a tarp at a campsite, making furniture… The possibilities go on and on!

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Plan

  • What resources and equipment do you need for this adventure?
  • How can you learn to lash? Who can you learn from?
  • What will you make with the skill?
  • What different types of lashing are there?
  • What will you lash together?
  • How will you Leave No Trace on this adventure?

Do

  • Create something fun and/or useful with your lashing skills!

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How will you use this skill in the future?
  • How well did your creation function?
  • How did you work as a team on this adventure?

Keep it Simple

  • Start small! Rather than lashing with spars, start by lashing with dowels or small sticks. Once you’re used to the feeling of lashing, then you can try scaling up!

Take it Further

  • What furniture would your perfect campsite have? A table? A couch? A swing? Make yourself at home at your next camp by lashing some furniture! What designs can you come up with?