Picture of Ingenious Clothes Drying Rack for Camping
You’ve got to love this design. It’s compact, it’s sturdy, and it’s ingenious! Go to the source.

This drying rack is based on suspending two concentric, equilateral triangles to make six cross sections for hanging wet clothing or towels during a long term encampment, and there’s no reason you can’t put it up on an overnighter if there’s a practical need. All that’s been said before regarding the advantages of this kind of campsite improvement apply to this simple camp gadget:
  • It takes up less space while drying more wet things.
  • It eliminates the clutter of clothing and towels haphazardly strewn around on tables, tree branches, tent platforms, or overcrowded on a disorganized array of drooping clothes lines.
  • It can be set up in a location where there is the most sunshine.
  • It’s especially useful when camping in an open area with few trees.
Materials (adapt these as you like)
  • 3    4′ x 1″ sticks
  • 3    5′ x 1″ sticks (Scout staves are ideal)
  • 1    6′ x 1-1/2″ to 2″ straight pole for the upright
  • 1    30″ pioneering stake
  • 8    camp gadget lashing ropes (6′ to 10′)
  • 3    15′  support ropes
  • 3    small stakes
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Step 1: Lash Together the Triangles

Picture of Lash Together the Triangles
Start by lashing together two equilateral triangles, one smaller for the top (three 4′ sticks), and the larger one for the bottom (three 5′ staves). Use square lashings. One easy way is to lash two at 90° and then bend them in and tie the third square lashing to make the triangle. This yields a nice, tightly-lashed triangle.

Step 2: Erect the Upright.

Picture of Erect the Upright.
Pound in a pioneering stake and lash the 6′ pole to it securely with two tight strop lashings or round lashings. Making this upright stand up vertically without moving or wobbling at all is a key to a good and sturdy clothing dryer. So, solidly pound in the stake and make sure it’s as straight as possible. Also, make sure the lashings are well-tied and tight.
dropkick3 months ago

How about using a tripod in place of the center pole? It would require a couple more (longer) poles, but overall it would be more stable and a lot easier to set up, especially in hard or crumbly soil.

Larry Green (author)  dropkick3 months ago
I think you've got something there. Lash together a tripod, and lash on six crossbars in place of the concentric triangles. I'll look into proto-typing a design. Thanks!
Tezcumpapa1 year ago
I've been camping for over 50 years and the best campsite ideas still come from the Scouts! Now if you can figure out how to make a camp cot comfortable, I'd be grateful.

I recently saw a really great idea for more comfy camp sleeping. If sleeping on the ground in your sleeping bag then you dig some holes for your hip and head area. I haven't tried it yet but I really think that would work out GREAT. Go figure, lol.

I'll try it. Thank you! BTW, if you ever use campfire heated rocks to warm up your sleeping site, let them sit an hour or so to let the humidity evaporate from the soil first or you will end up with a soggy sleeping bag like I did. I also use them to chase out the little bitty scorpions that like to burrow just under the ground...(this was in Nevada - 125 degrees during the day, 45 degrees at night.)

mehrarch1 year ago
how about hanging the clothes from natural tree branches??
Larry Green (author)  mehrarch1 year ago
That's fine if it's what you want to do.
Great idea